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Closing Statement of the National Dialogue Committee after meeting in Baabda
Closing Statement of the National Dialogue Committee after meeting in Baabda
The National Dialogue Committee convened on March 31, 2014 at the Presidential Palace, in Baabda under the chairmanship of President Michel Sleiman, with former PM Saad Hariri, MPs Mohammad Raad, Talal Arslan and Assaad Hardan, and head of the Lebanese Forces Samir Geagea not attending the dialogue session.
The President of the Republic reviewed, at the beginning of the session, the developments that have taken place since September 2012 as well as the difficulties that have led to the suspension of the works of the Committee since that date.
The President highlighted the increasing challenges and threats resulting from the influx of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the rise in terrorist attacks against the country, the sectarian tension as well as the non-compliance with the decisions of the Dialogue Committee, notably the Declaration of Baabda. The President then presented the main features of his vision on the national defense strategy.
The President voiced satisfaction over the formation of the International Support Group for Lebanon and its decisions with the aim of supporting Lebanon’s stability, the foundations of the Lebanese economy, the capacity of the Lebanese Armed Forces and the efforts it is exerting in order to help facing the problem of refugees.
The President also voiced satisfaction over the course of developments in Egypt and Tunisia where the movement of moderation and understanding among members of society is prevailing on the basis of citizenship and respect of basic freedoms.
Upon discussions, the participants:
1- Lauded the formation of an all-embracing national interest cabinet, stressing the importance of its success in solving the main problems the country is facing, especially in imposing security and the rule of law, and in paving the way for the conduct of constitutional deadlines on the scheduled dates according to the Lebanese democratic traditions.
2- Welcomed the decisions of the International Support Group for Lebanon and deemed necessary to press on the implementation of its decisions.
3- Considered that the recurrent Israeli threats against Lebanon, procrastination in the full implementation of the international resolution 1701, the threat of terrorism, the repercussions of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon and the proliferation of weapons require an agreement around a national defense strategy.
4- Tackled the issue of the national defense strategy, according to the vision submitted by the President of the Republic before the Committee and considered as the starting point for the discussions.
5- Highlighted the importance of dialogue and understanding among Lebanese hoping that all parties will take part in the upcoming session. They committed to exert all the efforts needed to that end.
6- Fixed the date of the upcoming session on Monday May5, 2014 in order to pursue the debate on the national defense strategy.