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Geagea: Lebanon must be part of Arab Spring

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea speaks during a press conference in Maarab, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)

MAARAB, Lebanon: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said over the weekend that Lebanon cannot remain on the sidelines of the Arab Spring if it wants to be part of history. Speaking during a workshop on “Lebanon’s role in the renaissance of the new Arab world,” Geagea said changes “will have a large impact on the region’s future. We cannot under any pretext stand on the sidelines ... otherwise we will remain outside of history.” He added that everyone has a responsibility to preserve the Arab Spring since any event that tarnishes it “will destroy any hope for freedom, democracy, and a state of law in the Middle East.”

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 10, 2012, on page 4.

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