WCCR Press Release - issued Tuesday 23rd January 2007, Terrorism Hits Lebanon Again!
Representing the hopes and aspirations of many millions of Lebanese throughout the Diaspora
Tuesday 23rd January 2007
H.E. Ban Ki-Moon
New York, NY
Dear Mr Secretary General,
The World Council for the Cedars Revolution (WCCR) is extremely concerned about the events and developments in Lebanon today which have been perpetrated by the pro-terrorist sponsor states, Iran and Syria through their terrorist militias Hezbollah and other affiliated terrorist organizations.
Our information is that Hezbollah terrorist groups comprising of women fully armed, dressed in their cover clothing, joined their regular militias to block and close all roads leading to the Airport in Beirut. This is definite proof that Hezbollah is willing to use its arsenal against the rest of the Lebanese Civil Society
It has become evident that the Lebanese Army which is charged with protecting the whole of the nation and the people of Lebanon, has now become split along political and confessional persuasions; for a section of the army has stood with the terrorists in blocking the roads and has refused to re-open them for public use.
The World Council for the Cedars Revolution as an NGO, has already initiated investigations in conjunction with other NGOs on the ground in Lebanon, seeking to find out who were the officers who refused to fulfill their responsibilities and duties in providing safety and protection for the people of Lebanon. The results of these investigations will be forwarded to the respective authorities and to the United Nations Security Council.
Once again we see an opportunity for the Lebanese Army to demonstrate its loyalty to the people of Lebanon, yet even at such a low level conflict the army has demonstrated that it is not ready to accept the mantle of national security. The inability or the lack of desire on the part of the Lebanese Army to protect its civil society could be another indication of the Army having bee infiltrated by Syrian and Iranian officers. This is causing extreme tension once again for the people of Lebanon who are calling for protective measures particularly from the United Nations Security Council.
The WCCR has, since the July 2006 War and UNSCR 1701, been calling for the mandating of UNSC Chapter 7 for the stability of Lebanon and the protection of democracy as well as the Lebanese civil Society. Today more than ever before we are witnessing the beginnings of a new conflict with terrorists attempting to overthrow a democratically elected government and take the country to the brink of war once again.
We express in the strongest possible means our desire for the UNSC to mandate Chapter 7 immediately and allow the UNIFIL forces to bring much needed stability to Lebanon.
For and on behalf of the World Council of the Cedars Revolution
Joseph P Baini