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I would like to tell you from now that we will leave this to legal discussion. If there is a court in the world which is the weakest and feeblest in terms of law and procedures and frameworks of establishing justice, it is this international court.
Many say that in face of crises, we must resort to constitutional institutions. They always pursue us with the constitution and constitutional institutions; that they are constitutionalists and legal scholars and statesmen while we are militias and outlaw gangs. I would like to ask them this question:
- According to Lebanese constitutional and legal norms, is this court constitutional?
- Is it among the products of Lebanese constitutional institutions?
In the upcoming stage Inshallah, a press conference will be held to give a legal and constitutional perspective on this issue. This perspective will be based on studies and investigations conducted by a number of legal and constitutional experts in Lebanon and abroad.
The conclusion is clear:
- This court has nothing to do with Lebanon whether on the legal or constitutional levels or as far as the Lebanese constitutional institutions are concerned.
- Indeed it is an international resolution issued by the Security Council (the Security Council which has divided Palestine, acknowledged the existence of Israel, covers all the sanctions which are imposed on the governments and peoples in the world and is a puppet in the hands of the USA).
- This is a Security Council Resolution. True you might tell me this is international legitimacy. Well we have our own viewpoint on international legitimacy.
- This is an international resolution. That is true. But is this Lebanese legitimacy and the legitimacy of the Lebanese institutions?
This discussion must be made not to attack the STL but to present facts and to answer those who call on us to resort to constitutional institutions by saying you are the ones who must resort to constitutional institutions. You are seeking something which is falsified and which has escaped the constitutional institutions in Lebanon.
As far as the STL and its procedures are concerned the new development is again Israeli intervention, Israeli statements and Israeli talk. I do not mean the Israeli press i.e. what Maariv or Haartez say. I rather mean senior Israeli officials. Israeli officials are saying that Israel has supplied the international investigation committee with data and indications and that they are being cooperative.
The international investigation committee instead of interrogating with the Israelis and taking the Israeli supposition into consideration, it went to seek help from the Israelis to convict Israel's number one enemy. Does that really serve establishing justice?
They are saying so. It is not I who is assuming and inventing. Did this investigation which neglects the Israeli assumption ever investigate with the Israelis on any of the indicators and data which were offered?
This is at a time the Israelis say they are very close to the investigation.
As for means to find solutions and efforts to address the issue, in fact that must spring from a basic central point: Are we convinced that this indictment is dangerous on Lebanon and constitutes a threat to Lebanon and is dangerous on the Resistance and constitutes a threat to the Resistance or not?
There are some people who believe that this indictment is an opportunity to get rid of an enemy which is called the Resistance because they are in another place.
This indictment or this track is an opportunity to get rid of the rival – if we want to use a mild word – or to weaken the rival which is present in the Lebanese square and hinder their projects, ideas and authority.
From another perspective, we regard the issue pursuant to its repercussions and the threats on the country as a country, on Lebanon’s strength, security, stability, independence and integrity. Eventually, the perspective from which we view the issue influences to a great extent our performance and conduct.
Thus you find everyone - who is concerned about Lebanon's security, stability, integrity, national unity, civil coexistence and about establishing justice and not doing injustice to anyone as was done to the officers and others – looking forward to the success of the Syrian-Saudi effort, expecting good tidings from it, betting on it and supporting it.
However you find those who look from another perspective – the perspective of getting rid of the enemy and the rival – on the opposite track saying there are no Saudi-Syrian efforts in fact. These contacts have ended and they reached a dead end. There is nothing put forth. Well you hear them. This is an indicator also as their position from the telecommunication issue is an indicator. This reveals intentions, natures, identities, feelings, minds and backgrounds. This is the very story.
Whoever is concerned about the country says that we must back, support and assist this effort. We must expect good tidings from it and be optimistic by it. However those who are not concerned about the country and those who can't lead but a spiteful life full of struggles and targeting others – we are not targeting them; they are rather targeting us – look at the issue from another perspective.
In this context, we are in the position of those who support the Syrian-Saudi effort and of those who call on others to support this effort whether they are Iranians, Turks or Qatari as was seen in the recent visit by Mr. Erdogan to Lebanon or the visit of the Qatari Prime Minister or any other state, government or friendly side that wants to move on the track of finding a solution. We address everyone with these words: Support, back and assist the Saudi-Syrian effort because it is the only serious effort available to get Lebanon out of the circle of threats.
Amid all this mess, here I am telling you not as someone who is being optimistic but rather pursuant to facts and eventualities and pursuant to what I have personally received in the past few days: this effort still exists. It is well advanced. There is great hope of reaching a true solution.
On the Lebanese level, can we address the issue, solve the crisis or keep aside from our country the threats imposed on it by the STL and the indictment?
Yes the Lebanese are able to do that and they know how to do that. The Lebanese government is able and knows how to do that. However what we need as Lebanese is determination, resolution and will.
As for efforts to find solutions there are people who do not in fact want a solution at all; neither before nor after the indictment is issued.
There are some people who have already started saying: After the indictment is issued, all international and local capabilities must be activated to sue the accused and make them appear before the court. So from now they started instigating against the persons against whom the indictment will be issued. They say go and arrest them. They believe the story will be but a ride in open air. That means that some people want to make a problem and are making haste to have this problem take place. They want to destroy the country from this perspective.
There are some people who want a solution. Practically and according to the existing facts there are now two tracks and viewpoints. One viewpoint says there must be a Lebanese solution under a Saudi-Syrian cover which is blessed by all our friends in the region before the indictment is issued if it is to be issued. Well we as well as the Opposition, Syria and as far as I know Saudi Arabia see the welfare of Lebanon in that. There is another track that wants to head towards a solution but after the indictment is issued.
Here there are some doubts and something wrong. I warn against this blunder. The Americans and the Israelis are looking forward to the issuance of this indictment. This indictment has already been met with ceremonies of victory in Israel. Anyway it is not a victory. With you and before your will we turn every aggression to a defeat. Yet there is a statue quo which says that Israel has already started holding ceremonies of victory for the issuance of the indictment which will lead to the implementation of Resolution 1559.
We all know and this has been articulated by Israelis that there is a great Israel betting on the issuance of the indictment and its repercussions.
What I want to say to the followers of this viewpoint – who talk about finding a solution following the issuance of the indictment:
- We fear that as a result of the magnitude of US-Israeli connivance and bargaining that should the indictment be issued, until the various sides meet, discuss and seek a solution for one day, two or three or a week or two, it will be too late and we would all have lost control.
- Consider my words fully. Be careful as all of us will assume the responsibility. This is the difference between the pre-indictment and the post-indictment era.
- Before the issuance of the indictment, the story would already be over and we would have protected the country. We would have already reached an agreement, protected the country, civil peace, the government and everything whether the indictment is to be issued or not.
- The indictment is not something that exists by itself. It is rather a link or a part of a project. Its other parts will be completed. One part of the project started with the assassination of PM martyr Rafiq Hariri and carried on with the other assassinations. In the shade of these assassinations the clauses of the STL were being set until reaching the issuance of the indictment and what follows.
This makes us responsible of finding a solution tonight or tomorrow or the day after tomorrow and of taking all possible measures to protect the country.
I have heard during the past weeks words to the effect that we are waiting for the issuance of the indictment. If it is based on irrefutable proofs we will accept it and say to the world that there are irrefutable proofs. However if the indictment is not based on irrefutable proofs we will not accept it.
However you are saying the STL is great and not unbiased and not politicized. How is that true? It is issuing the indictment based on evidences which it considers sufficient to issue an indictment.
We acknowledge that you have minds. You can read the indictment and its evidences and judge on them. Well, let's benefit from the time factor then. Please I tell you O people who own minds: read the indictment and its evidences. I am telling you from now, O good people, the evidences of the indictment are found in Der Spiegel, Le Figaro and CBC. I assure you these are the evidences. These are the very reports. Why was Bellemare perplexed with the CBC report? That's because it is a Canadian TV station and Bellemare himself is Canadian. He is making the communication lines and the coincidences.
Believe me as I am following the issue closely and I have a proof on that: the whole case which is with Bellemare is in the media. Soon the indictment wil be issued. When it is issued, you will find who is faithful and who is lying…
Let's sit down and read and see where your mind will lead. Are the evidences on which the indictment or the accusation is based irrefutable and decisive? I do not know what is the difference between the two? This is a legal debate on which an indictment which is to establish justice in a case with such a magnitude is based
Anyway, I call on all parties not to waste time and to assume their responsibilities for fear if the indictment is issued, the senior and junior players would play with this country and we would lose the ability to address the repercussions of the indictment and consequently to protect the country which we are all concerned about.
We protect it with our eyes and blood. This is the responsibility which we must assume.