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Friday, 09 May 2008

Secretary of State Condi Rice
Secretary of State Condi Rice

Rice blasts Syria, Iran, Hezbollah on Lebanon violence

United States Condemns Violence in Lebanon

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
May 9, 2008

The United States is deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Lebanon. We condemn the use of force by illegitimate armed groups and call upon all parties to respect the rule of law.

Backed by Syria and Iran, Hezbollah and its allies are killing and injuring fellow citizens, undermining the legitimate authority of the Lebanese government and the institutions of the Lebanese state.

Seeking to protect their state-within-a-state, Hezbollah has exploited its allies and demonstrated its contempt for its fellow Lebanese. No one has a right to deprive Lebanese citizens of their political and economic freedom, their right to move freely within their country, or their sense of safety and security.

Our support for the legitimate Lebanese government, its democratic institutions, and its security services is unwavering. This support is a reflection of our unshakeable commitment to the Lebanese people and their hope for democratic change, economic prosperity, and confessional harmony.

We will stand by the Lebanese government and peaceful citizens of Lebanon through this crisis and provide the support they need to weather this storm.

2008/366

 

 


Released on May 9, 2008 

http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2008/05/104553.htm

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US vows to back Lebanese PM amid turmoil
1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Friday said Washington would provide support to Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora battling a deadly offensive by Hezbollah fighters.

"We will stand by the Lebanese government and peaceful citizens of Lebanon through this crisis and provide the support they need to weather this storm," Rice said in a statement.

Rice repeated the US condemnation of the violence and singled out Syria and Iran for backing Hezbollah.

"We condemn the use of violence by illegitimate armed groups and call upon all parties to respect the rule of law," she said.

"Backed by Syria and Iran, Hezbollah and its allies are killing and injuring fellow citizens, undermining the legitimate authority of the Lebanese government and the institutions of the Lebanese state.

"Seeking to protect their state within a state, Hezbollah has ... demonstrated its contempt for its fellow Lebanese."

Hezbollah fighters Friday seized control of west Beirut after three days of deadly street battles with pro-government foes which have pushed Lebanon dangerously close to all-out civil war.

US State Department officials said the United States would provide diplomatic and political support to Siniora, ruling out any military backing for the time being.

 

 



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