Wednesday, December 29, 2010

do your job Mr president, don't pout! And british Foreign Secretary: if you can't prove it, don't say it

The general Aoun said that asking the Lebanese president to vote on an issue is not the same as taking away his power.

When we demanded a cabinet vote on the issue of "false witnesses," we were requesting that according to the Constitution, and no one is seeking to take away the president's powers as he has said, Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun announced Tuesday.
"We're only asking the president to implement Article 65 of the Constitution and we're not seeking to take away his powers," Aoun told reporters after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc in Rabiyeh.

Regarding the comment by the British foreign Secretary (Hague), that Lebanon is on the verge of violence, is it wishful thinking or a fact? When GMA asked to have the British ambassador support this comment with facts, he received silence. Are the "natives" not supposed to scrutinize their neo-colonizers?

Asked about British Foreign Secretary William Hague's latest remarks on a possible "outbreak of violence" in Lebanon, Aoun said: "I had asked the foreign minister (Ali Shami) to summon the British ambassador following Hague's remarks, so that he (Hague) be asked about the reason he said Lebanon will witness acts of violence, but the foreign minister has not answered yet."

"There are four people who receive official security reports – the president, the premier and the ministers of interior and defense. No one of them felt interested to respond. We ask the president why he hasn't made reassurances in this regard," Aoun wondered.

On December 19, Hague reiterated London's support for the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon, voicing concerns over "an outbreak of violence" in the country.

In an interview on Britain's Sky News television, Hague said: "We are very concerned about Lebanon, that is one of our concerns over the coming weeks. We think it's very important that tribunal does its work."

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