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Berri in commemoration of Imam Sadr’s disappearance: Terrorism is not a security but a national issue No fear over Lebanon, which shall return to being an oasis of democracy in the East

Berri in commemoration of Imam Sadr’s disappearance: Terrorism is not a security but a national issue No fear over Lebanon, which shall return to being an oasis of democracy in the East

Sun 31 Aug 2014 at 22:17

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NNA – “Terrorism is not a security matter but an issue of national significance, and there is no fear over Lebanon, for it shall return to being an oasis of democracy in the East and a garden of freedom,” said House Speaker, Nabih Berri, in his address to the Lebanese via local TV channels on Sunday evening, marking 36 years since the disappearance of Imam Moussa al-Sadr and his comrades.

“Imam Sadr’s issue is a Lebanese, Arab and Islamic case that is not prone for being entrapped in ongoing conflicts,” said Berri, paying tribute to the long-awaited Imam. He disclosed herein that “a special committee has been formed to officially follow-up on the case of the disappeared Imam and two of his comrades,” adding that “the committee had visited Libya for this purpose, and a memorandum was initialed with Libyan officials, in which Libya acknowledged that Imam Sadr and his comrades went missing on its territories, and pledged to open the door for cooperation and investigations in search of Sadr’s whereabouts.”

“However, the unfortunate events that followed the signing of said agreement, namely the collapsing situation in Libya, stood in the way,” Berri added regretfully. “The case still stands before the Judicial Council,” he noted, adding that “focus was made on new investigations in this case.”

Over the internal Lebanese scene, Berri stressed on the need to complete the Presidential elections, since that would open the way before other Constitutional deadlines, including the Parliamentary elections. “This would eventually set the pace for a much needed political operation against the terrorism coming from across the borders, which has knocked our doors in various forms, from refugees to explosions to small wars,” added Berri.

The Speaker stressed on “closing of ranks to prove that we are stronger than discord and to protect our co-existence and boost diversity within our unity.”

“National unity at this stage denotes the means to combat terrorism, just as it was a means against the Israeli aggression in 2006,” added Berri. He also highlighted the need for “fortifying the national environment in the face of Takfiri doctrines, which ought to be a collective national responsibility.”

Berri criticized, herein, the international silence and the absence of clear-cut international stands, adding that “this silence has led, and shall continue to lead to catastrophes.” He warned against “terrorism and the dangers it poses against Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and others.”

Berri demanded “supportive decisions to the sovereignty of states, the unity of lands and its people.” He also stressed the need to “invest in empowering the Lebanese Army and providing it with ammunitions and members.”

“Lebanon is the mirror of the East, and ought to be the protector of coexistence,” concluded Berri, adding that “we ought to relinquish no effort in warning against the dangerous threats of such Tafkiri terrorism.”

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