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Eddé warns that cabinet has granted Hezbollah right to armed adventures PDF Print E-mail
Written by Now Lebanon   
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

MP Carlos Edde
MP Carlos Edde

Head of the National Bloc Carlos Eddé warned, in a press release issued Wednesday, that cabinet had granted Hezbollah the right to militant resistance, which would allow the party to “lead the country into whatever adventures it desires.”

Eddé questioned how the cabinet would be able to stop Hezbollah from increasing its arms and performing military operations under regional commands when the ministerial statement gave it that right.

“From now on the ministerial statement is responsible for defining the cabinet’s political orientation,” the press release read. Eddé also said that all negotiations prior to the cabinet’s formation had resulted in the acknowledgement that Hezbollah had a right to military resistance, which was then reflected in an official document.

Eddé characterized article 24 of the ministerial statement, which underlines equality among the people, army and resistance, as a “third world concept” and a threat to the future of democracy in Lebanon.

“The army is an element of the state’s institutions and it is in service of the nation and its people—not equal to them,” he said.

“I understand that the ministers and MPs of the Free Patriotic Movement agreed on this article, especially as their mission is to support Hezbollah. Nevertheless, I do not understand how the President’s ministers voted on such an article that weakens the state,” Eddé said.

Eddé, who announced his split with the March 14 alliance weeks ago, said he was “puzzled to see that 16 ministers of 14 March did not even support Minister Nassib Lahoud’s initiative.”

Eddé said he made the decision to withdraw from March 14 when then-Army Commander General Michel Sleiman was elected President of the Republic after the Doha Agreement was passed in May.

-NOW Staff

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