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Fatfat warns of military intervention by Syria in Lebanon

Fatfat warned that a military intervention in Lebanon would be a dangerous mistake by Syria, particularly given the internal problems Syria is currently facing.

BEIRUT: Future Movement MP Ahmad Fatfat said although unlikely, Damascus might interfere militarily in Lebanon using allegations that members of his party were involved in the unrest in Syria.

“Syrian allies in Lebanon [March 8 members] are insisting on accusing the Future Movement in the ongoing events in Syria ... Syria might take advantage of that and intervene militarily in Lebanon,” Fatfat said during an interview published Thursday in Aliwaa newspaper.

The Syrian regime has accused members of the Future Movement of funding and financing groups to lead protests against the regime. Protests in Syria began on March 15 as demonstrators demanded an end to the Baath-party rule and reforms in the tightly controlled Arab state.

Fatfat warned that a military intervention in Lebanon would be a dangerous mistake by Syria, but one that Damascus was unlikely to make, particularly given the internal problems Syria was currently facing.

“The official Syrian media is attempting to distract from what is going on inside Syria away from the popular uprisings. Syrian President Bashar Assad [even] admitted the uprising was aiming at reforms,” Fatfat said, adding that the regime’s lies would not mislead anyone.

The MP also advised the Syrian regime to move away from accusations and to start listening to the calls of its people.

“The Future Movement is not part of the Syrian conflict and Syria’s stability is of great concern to us,” Fatfat added, voicing repeated denials by Future Movement and March 14 members of involvement in the unrest in Syria.





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