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Kataeb will only accept country with single army

Gemayel said the Kataeb Party will remain at the forefront in defending the principles and values of his son. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra)

BEIRUT: Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel vowed Sunday that his party would only accept Lebanon with its sovereignty intact and with one army.

Speaking at a mass on the sixth anniversary of the assassination of his son MP Pierre Gemayel, the former president also said that the Kataeb Party would remain committed to the principles of the Cedar Revolution.

“We vow to remain committed to what you [Pierre] demanded: We will not accept half dignity but full dignity; we will not accept half sovereignty but full sovereignty; we will not accept half an army but a single army.”

Politicians from the March 14 coalition, ministers and representatives of President Michel Sleiman, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri attended the mass at Jdeideh’s Saint Antonios Church, meters away from where Gemayel was shot dead in 2006.

“The Kataeb Party will remain at the forefront in defending the principles and values that Pierre, [former prime minister] Rafik Hariri, Antoine Ghanem and others of the Cedar Revolution died for,” Gemayel added.

Former Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir led the mass.

“I promise your dad and all other martyrs, as long as Lebanon remains in danger, we will be ready for the country,” said Amin, Pierre’s 10-year-old son.

“We thought that the coward criminal had enough, we thought you would be the last of the heroes who gave their lives for the nation. Until when will mothers in Lebanon have to wear black mourning clothes and until when will the eyes of children be filled with tears?” he asked.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on November 19, 2012, on page 3.




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