Statement at the Press Conference
Thank you to all of you for you invitation and your hospitality at this, unfortunately, difficult time,. We are here concerned but also in solidarity to show that we are determined to underline and reinforce Lebanon’s sovereignty, Lebanon’s independence, Lebanon’s territorial integrity. We notice that a solution to the current situation must be sought through dialogue with full respect of all the democratic institutions of this country.
We also support the efforts of Prime Minister Siniora in maintaining dialogue with all political actors in Lebanon and in tackling the very important challenges that Lebanon has inherited, challenges such as implementing the UN Security Council Resolution 1701 but also reconstructing the country after the terrible war.
We have also made it very clear that Israel should stop the violations of Lebanese airspace by the Israeli force, and of course we have been here to bring our condolences and condemn the assassination of Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel. I was here and many of us were here a few days after of Prime Minister Hariri’s assassination, again to condemn it, again to express our condolences.
And we have been very clear that political violence is not a way to solve problems. It is a way only to create further dissolution, undermine cohesion in societies and states and is not a good omen for stability.
We also have talked about the regional aspect of the problem, certainly Lebanon is not alone with problems in the region and of course the core issue for – I would say for not only this region but I would say for peace in the world – is the Palestinian issue and more widely the Arab-Israeli conflict.
So we have put an emphasis on the need to move ahead, to take initiatives and particularly for the international community to not stand idly beside with the developments in the region. We have mentioned the idea of a new Madrid international conference which will give new emphasis, use this moment of crisis and make it a moment of opportunity. An opportunity for peace, an opportunity for creating a Palestinian state, independent, that can live in peace side by side with Israel.
Finally I want to mention that the Socialist International is here today, and will be here and has been here, I myself was in Rome a day before the International Conference on Lebanon some time ago to meet with Romano Prodi and Kofi Annan and then I immediately came here to Beirut the day after in order to express our solidarity and also see how we could help at a time when there was war going on in Lebanon. This just shows our commitment to bringing peace to this region, our commitment as Socialist International to see democracy flourish in your country, to see human rights being respected, to see stability and sovereignty in Lebanon.
This is very important for us and therefore we will be as I said here but also open to being part in the dialogue and the discussions with all parties in any way we can help and we are determined to do everything we can in order to succeed, first of all for this beautiful nation, these beautiful people and brave people of Lebanon. And thank you again Molit, and I think I will give you the floor and thank you again for your hospitality.