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Lebanese Bishops Chastise Hizbullah, Back Siniora

September 6, 2006

By Maroun Khoury
Daily Star, Lebano

Beirut -- Lebanon's influential Council of Maronite Bishops barely veiled its criticism of Hizbullah on Wednesday, saying some factions were monopolizing the country's decisions and leading the Lebanese to "unwanted situations."

In a strongly worded statement, the council, headed by Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, called on the Lebanese to take full advantage and "benefit from the international embrace they are enjoying at the moment."

"There are 18 sects in Lebanon with equal rights and duties," the statement said. "But in reality, we see that some groups are monopolizing the decision-making process and leading the country to unwanted situations."

Referring to Hizbullah, the council said: "A Lebanese faction continues to bear weapons despite the Israeli withdrawal from most of the South in 2000. This continues to be in violation of the Taif Accord."

"This group has become a religious, military and political organization and led us to a war that was launched on July 12, 2006," the council added.

"Powerful countries and regional forces have also interfered more than enough in Lebanese affairs and are backing one sect or another."

The council said that despite the end of Syria's tutelage over the country, there are still many problems and divisions among the Lebanese.

"Each party pretends to seek Lebanon's interests, but it reality it seeks to fulfill sectarian ambitions. This is a chronic disease that has to be extracted," it stated.

Slamming the presidency, the council said: "Sectarianism's symptoms are embedded in the presidential post at this time in particular."

It added that the Christians have become "marginalized due to the absence of an efficient role of the presidency."

"The Christians, particularly the Maronites, are hurt by world leaders and local political figures' disregard of the Lebanese presidency," it said. "This weakens the status of the presidency and needs a solution."

But it cautioned that not any Maronite is eligible to replace President Emile Lahoud, insisting that the future president should be "prepared to sacrifice much to serve the nation as a whole and not use the post for personal gain."

"Lebanon is considered a nation of minorities that coexist in peace and love and thrive for the common national good," the statement said.

Shoring up support for Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's increasingly embattled government, the council also called on the people to back their government "as the sole authority on Lebanese territory."

"Only the government can bring trust and reassurance to the citizens," it stated.

"The state has to be responsible for developing the South

and looking after the villagers there. It has to oversee the distribution of aid through the bodies it is monitoring," the appeal said. "It is the duty of every Lebanese to rebuild the country and swathe its wounds."

The council also called on the Lebanese to respect the country's Constitution.

"The Lebanese should know that any violation of the Constitution will lead to a major void," it said.












Who are the Christians of Iraq?

Ealool = September

Lebanese Bishops Chastise Hizbullah, Back Siniora Sept. 6, 06

A Feast Awaits At Annual Assyrian Festival Sept. 6, 06

Prominent Assyrian Christian Leaves Iraq. Says Work Situation 'Intolerable' Sept. 5, 06

Turkey's terror against Christians in Midyat Sept. 4, 06

Syria; Sanctuary for Iraq's Displaced Christians Sept. 3, 06

August = Tubbakh

Assyrians honour the Lt General Sir Stanley Savige KBE CB DSO MC ED August 31,06

Assyrian archaeologist resigns amid threats by the fundamentalists August 31, 06

Assyrians: from Bebar Khan to Saddam Hussein (a new book) August 28, 06

Donny George of Iraq's State Board of Antiquity, Heritage Flees to Syria August 28, 06

A New Film by Lina Yakubova August 27, 06

PM Maliki urges tribal unity in Iraq August 27, 06

Lebanese Bishops Appeal for a Stop to the Christian Exodus August 24, 06

Iraqi Christians Caught in the Crossfire August 23, 06

Assyrian Universal Alliance, Australian Chapter Meeting in Canberra August 23, 06

Iraqi Christians on Edge After Priest's Kidnapping August 23, 06

The Secrets Of Mustafa Barzani In KGB Archives August 23, 06

Pope urges release of priest in Iraq August 20, 06

Heading Toward an (Inevitable) War in Kirkuk August 20, 06


Confiscation of the Assyrian villages by the Kurds August 18, 06

The Kurdish Democratic Experiment: an Assyrian Tragedy August 17, 06

Assyrians Experience Slow Cultural Revival In Southeastern Turkey August 17, 06

Lebanese Bishops Call for Single National Leadership August 16, 06

Lebanese Cardinal Concerned About Christian Exodus August 16, 06

In Turkey non Muslims are listed as Foreigners August 14, 06

Murdered Assyrians in Iraq in August August 14, 06

Why Can't A Christian Be More Like A Muslim? Revisited August 13, 06

Peter W. Galbraith's 'The End of Iraq' August 12, 06

Babylon the Great lives August 12, 06

We Don't Want a Proxy War in Lebanon:' Cardinal Sfeir August 10, 06

Go-ahead for dam that will drown history August 9, 06

750,000 Christians Caught in Middle East Crossfire August 8, 06

Arabist Indoctrination At Middlebury College August 8, 06

Middle-Eastern conference: from worship to ‘reunion’ August 8, 06

Hezbollah Uses Christian Villages As Shields in Missile Attacks August 7, 06

Family Pays Ransom in Iraqi Kidnapping August 7, 06

Johanns meets with Iraqi leaders to help rebuild agriculture August 6, 06

Half of all Christians have fled Iraq since 2003, says Baghdad bishop August 4, 06

Christian Persecution Groups Express Concerns for Mideast Believers August 3, 06

Assyrians and Australians will honour Captain Savige for his world war one help August 3, 06

Nuri Kino Wins Swedish Award of: good role model for the youth Aug 1, 06

July = Tammuz

Let them Rape and Kill Christian Women, says Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament July 31, 06

Aramaic-English Bible Translation Draws Criticism July 27, 06

Iran bans Da Vinci Code book after 8 editions July 27, 06

Everyone has a Guardian Angel July 26, 06

Ancient Urartian inscription disappears in Iran July 26, 06

Alum to head Mooreland Hill July 24, 06

The End of Christianity in Iraq July 24, 06

Why Can't A Christian Be More Like A Muslim? July 22, 2006

Residents of the Dora are told to Evacuate their homes July 21, 2006

Iraqis watch with sadness July 21, 2006

Turkey Signals It's Prepared to Enter Iraq July 19, 06

Iraqi Christians Flee Fighting July 19, 06


Minister who learnt to manage the impossible at Baghdad July 14, 06

The Endeavour Programme July 13, 06

Sackler Gallery cancels exhibition of Iraqi gold July 10, 06

Students onto a winning football score July 9, 06

Three years after invasion, Iraqis now living in San Diego County differ in views of war July 9, 06

Kurdish Militia, Iraqi Police Terrorizing Assyrians in North Iraq July 6, 06

Kurdish Regional Government Needs Lessons in Democracy July 5, 06

An open letter to His Holiness Mor Zakka Iwaz July 3, 06

Writing Competition 2006 July 3, 06

USCIRF Testifies to Killing, Harassment of Mid east Christians July 2, 06

Seyfo’ Monument Design Competition July 2, 06

June = Khzeeran

Text of Rosie Malek-Yonan's testimony before the House Committee on International Relations June 30, 06

UK Assyrians Honour British MP June 30, 06

The forgotten Assyrian Christians of Mesopotamia June 28, 06

The Assyrian Empire revisited in China June 30, 06

Rosie Malek Yonan will Testify about Genocide before a Congressional Committee June 29, 06

The Plight of the Assyrians of Iraq June 28, 06

Living in the Grave Yard June 28, 06

Yes! Ashur Yousif is Dead but he Speaks June 26, 06

More Threats Against Basrawi Christians June 25, 06

Kurds Block Assyrians, Shabaks From Police Force in North Iraq June 18, 06

Iraqi Catholics in U.S. See Continuing Challenges in Their Homeland June 18, 06

Assyrian University Students Beaten By Iraqi Police June 18, 06

Assyrian leaders meet with Laura Bush June 17, 06

Assyrians in the World War I Treaties: Paris, Sèvres, and Lausanne June 16, 06

Iraqi Christians In Saskatoon Canada Want Peace in Their Homeland June 14, 06

Priceless Assyrian Relics Used for Target Practice June 14, 06

Kurd's Plan to Change the Demographics of Northern Iraq in their Favour June 14, 06

Questions assyrians would like to ask Turkey June 14, 06

Iraq's Minority Communities Look Abroad for Asylum June 13, 06

Assyrians Demonstrate in Washington, D.C.  June 12, 06

Turkey turns the confiscated church into a pornographic movie theatre June 12, 06

Continuing Persecution Renews Calls for Assyrian Safe-Haven in Iraq June 9. 06

Assyrian Demonstrations in Washington D.C. June 8, 06

Safety Zone Could Be the Answer for Iraq's Endangered Peoples June 8, 06

Assyrian Christians Object to Exclusion in Iraq Homeland June 07, 06

Welsh Members of UK Parliament Recognize the Armenian and Assyrian Genocide June 6, 06

Violence against the Assyrians in Iraq updated  June 4, 06 

New Book Release by Sargon Donabed June, 2, 06 

The European MP letter to the Syrian Embassy June 1, 06

Asking for Equal rights is considered racist by the Kurdish Regional Government June 1, 06



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