AOUN DELIVERS LEBANON’S SPEECH AT ARAB SUMMIT: WARS BETWEEN BROTHERS MUST STOP, DIALOGUE OUGHT TO BEGIN

President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, said “the gravity of the current stage pushes us to make the decision, today, to stop the war between brothers in all its forms, be it military, material, media or diplomatic, and to sit at the dialogue table to determine the legitimate and vital interests of each side, otherwise we would all be forced to pay the commission of a solution looming not so far away.”

Aoun delivered Lebanon’s word at the Arab Summit in Jordan’s Amman, whereby he said “I would like to congratulate His Majesty, King Abdullah II, on his presidency of the Arab Summit at its twenty-eighth session. I wish him success in this major responsibility, especially at these delicate circumstances that our brother countries are going through, thanking His Majesty for the hospitality and precision in organizing the Summit.

I also thank the President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz Ali Hassan, for his management of the previous Arab summit over the past year.”

“We meet today to discuss the events that took place in the Arab region and neighboring countries, and the international interactions that emerged from them. What can we do before everyone’s obvious inability to solve the crises or help get out of them?” he asked.

“I did not come here today to give advice or guidance. I came wondering; perhaps we find within us the necessary answers. I will let my conscience address yours; perhaps we could wake up from this nightmare.”

“I would have loved to stand before you to today with joy, to tell you about our achievements, our projects, and the ways we developed cooperation between Arab countries. Unfortunately, however, the sounds of explosions and the scenes of murder overwhelm any other subject, so I could not shake off of my imagination the black cloud that envelops our Arab atmosphere, nor the previous meetings which repeatedly increased our sense of disappointment and bitterness,” Aoun said.

“Wars, massacres, destruction, dead, wounded, ailments and whining Who won the war? Who lost the war? Everyone has lost here, everyone is dead, everyone is wounded, everyone is suffering, and everyone is hungry, begging for a living. For whom do we fight, and why do we kill each other?

Is it for the liberation of Jerusalem and the occupied Arab territories? Or is it for the promised Palestinian homeland and the return of refugees? (…) On which page of our history will we record victories? Do we still have blank pages to write on? Aren’t they all filled with the names of our own victims?”

“The storm that blew through our region hit all our countries, including those directly affected and those who had to carry the burden… The shrapnel have reached the Arab League’s core, and thus made it unable to find solutions. Therefore, we can say, with all confidence, that we are all concerned with what is happening, and we can no longer wait for solutions to come from the outside,” he urged.

“The Arab League was established (…) to prevent wars between us and to safeguard our sovereignty and independence. The purpose of which was to strengthen the links among the participating States and to coordinate their political plans for cooperation between them and for the maintenance of their independence and sovereignty. Article 5 prohibited the use of force among Arab States and encouraged arbitration among them. Article 8 required each participating State to respect the ruling system in other States affiliated with the League and pledge not to undertake any action aimed at changing it,” he argued.

“Statements of condemnation are no longer sufficient. The Arab League (…) ought to regain its role and mission. Its most urgent role today is to take control, stop the bloodshed and extinguish the raging fire,” Aoun corroborated, urging Arab reunification, just solutions and immunization of the Arab world in the face of challenges and risks.

“Lebanon, which is on the path leading to recovery, (…) is still haunted by anxiety and anticipation. It has not yet known comfort and reassurance, and here it is today addressing your conscience:

It is true that the blaze surrounding it could not reach its inside, but the burden of it has become unbearable. We see misery and pain around us, and we try to help as much as possible. But when need exceeds our ability, we sink under its weight and it becomes a threat to us.”

“Ever since the painful events in Syria started, we opened our homes and schools to welcome those fleeing the hell of war. But, since day one, too, we warned against matters getting out of control. Unfortunately, that did happen eventually. Today, Lebanon is hosting Syrians and Palestinians equal in numbers to nearly half its population. The numbers are rising still. You all know that by its very nature, its land and its limited resources, Lebanon is a country of immigration and not of settlement. The alleviation of the misery of displaced persons, their salvation from the harshness of their forced emigration, and reducing social, economic, security and political repercussions on Lebanon, will only be achieved through their safe return to their homes,” President Aoun stressed.

“Lebanon, in its good relations with all brotherly States, is fully prepared to help rebuild bridges and revive the language of dialogue, because we, as Lebanese, have fought wars of various forms and have ended them only through dialogue.

The gravity of the current stage requires us to decide today to stop the wars between brothers in all their forms, (…) and to sit at the dialogue table to determine and respect the legitimate interests of each team,” he concluded.

Source: National News Agency