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His eminence said that Hezbollah had always supported the Saudi Syrian effort to defuse the crisis in Lebanon in light of the imminent release of the indictment against Hezbollah members by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. “In fact we bargained on this effort as all the Lebanese who sought welfare for Lebanon,” he said.
The Hezbollah chief stressed the Saudis had been very clear that the STL cannot be canceled because it was established by the UN Security Council and that the concerned countries vis-à-vis this matter were the US, UK, and France. “Our response was that we understand this, and I signaled this during my speech on Ashura’s 10th night.”
Sayyed Nasrallah continued: “We said that we refused a politicized indictment and we consider ourselves as its target, however Lebanon is our country and we adhere to safeguard it. We reached the following conclusion: We put Lebanon aside through three items; the government withdraws Lebanese judges from the STL, stops funding it, and cancels the understanding memo between it and the international tribunal. These three items do not cancel the STL, regardless of our opinion of it.”
Then Hariri goes to the US, holds some meetings, and without prior notice he calls the Syrians to tell them that he cannot continue with this effort.”
Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that STL prosecutor Daniel Bellemare had informed President Michel Sleiman and Hariri that the indictment will be issued on Tuesday. “Is this a coincidence that the indictment, if released on Tuesday, is set to be issued on the same day of the binding parliamentary consultations to name a new prime minister?
In fact this is part of the political exploitation of the STL and the indictment.”
The S.G. stressed opposition ministers had resigned in line with the constitution.
“The world was mobilized to condemn the move, presidents and secretaries of states stated they wanted Hariri back in office, and the US Ambassador in Lebanon Maura Connelly was paying visits to Lebanese MPs to learn their positions and the name they will choose for the next PM.
Their threats will not intimidate us because we did what we had to do based on our conviction and how we regard Lebanon’s interest.
It is obvious that the opposition will not name Hariri to form a new government during consultations.” It is not yet confirmed that the opposition’s candidate will become a prime minister designate, knowing that there are great competent and reliable Sunni figures for this post.”
The Hezbollah chief stressed any new government should act responsibly because we will not tolerate a government that protects false witnesses and cover and manage financial corruption. “No one should threaten us. We do not ask for the protection of the resistance, we ask the government not to conspire against it. We will not stay silent at any such government because it is our obligation to preserve Lebanon’s assets in the face of Israel’s threats.”
TUNIS THE LESSON
Sayyed Nasrallah praised the “historic revolution’ of the Tunisians. “The lesson is that the president who served the west for all these years was not received by the western countries.”
“Western interference in Lebanon will lead to the internationalization of the crisis and we, as Lebanese, are capable of solving our problems through dialogue and positive cooperation. However, those who seek bullying should take an example of the experiences that have been taking place in the region.”
Hezbollah’s secretary general warned that Hezbollah
“will not let anyone damage our reputation and dignity and we will not allow anyone to conspire against us or accuse us of spilling the blood of martyr Rafiq Hariri. We will act according to what will be released.
It depends on our estimation of interests. I have no doubt that Israel killed Hariri and carried out the assassinations in Lebanon. We have confronted wars of all kinds, military, security and assassinations. I reassure those who are still after this project that they are miscalculating.
Consultations may bring back Hariri, but this is the beginning of a new stage.
We tell those who believe they can use the indictment to target the resistance that they are extensively miscalculating.”
“I will have another speech in light of what Bellemare will issue in the next couple of days, Sayyed Nasrallah concluded. ********************
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