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Saturday, 26 January 2008

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Secretary Condoleezza Rice

Lebanon has suffered too long from foreign interference in its affairs, and this must be stopped

Joint Press Conference With President of Colombia Alvaro Uribe and Congressman Eliot Engel
Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Medellin, Colombia
January 25, 2008

QUESTION: And I have also a question for Madame Secretary. Could you give us a reaction to the bombing in Lebanon? And do you see the hand of Syria behind it?

SECRETARY RICE: I am going to answer the question on Lebanon and then perhaps the president can close so that we can stay focused on Colombia. Obviously violence in Lebanon of this kind continues on a very unfortunate and disturbing pattern in Lebanon where continued efforts of intimidation are robbing the people of Lebanon of the sense of security and the environment of progress that they should have. It's far too early to know who might have been behind it, but we have seen this sort of thing before. The one thing we can do is condemn any bombing as a terrorist activity. But we also call again for all involved, and that means Lebanon's neighbors in particular, to support a process in Lebanon by allowing the people of Lebanon to elect a president, and to do so freely, and to do so without intimidation, and to do so by their own processes. Lebanon has suffered too long from foreign interference in its affairs, and this must be stopped. We hope that the international community will continue to send a very strong message to those who are standing in the way of Lebanon's election of its president. That is simply unacceptable.



 
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