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General Michel Aoun and Lebanon's future
03/05/2007 LEBANON – VATICAN
Sfeir brings concerns about his country’s future to the Vatican
Maronite Patriarch is increasingly worried about the institutional deadlock caused by the country’s political crisis, but especially by the increasingly bitter divisions within the Christian community. The synod of Maronite bishops will take place in a few weeks.
Maronite bishops urge Christian leaders to reconcile
A special commission is expected to meet Christian political leaders, currently split between majority and opposition. Arab League secretary general should renew his mediation efforts, but the opposition no longer wants a national unity government; instead, it is demanding early elections.
Constitution cannot be changed to elect president, says Sfeir
During celebrations for Our Lady of Lebanon, Maronite patriarch demands respect for the state’s basic law. He says he is ready to announce a ‘consensus-based’ choice for president if there are guarantees that his choice “is taken into account.” Aoun confirms his candidacy, adds: “I will not support any other person. I will not agree on anyone.”
Press release by Maronite Bishops is moderate, clear and just, says Ignatius IV Hazim
On the eve of his departure for the United States, the Patriarch of Antioch said to "look to the future with optimism" and confirmed his "full confidence" in Cardinal Sfeir.
For Cardinal Sfeir Lebanon’s president must be elected in accordance with Lebanon’s constitution
The Maronite patriarch criticises a proposal made by Hizbullah and General Aoun for the direct election of the head of state, saying that he supports “a Lebanese solution in the first place, an Arab solution as a second choice and an international solution as a third option.” Ruling alliance rejects Hizbullah’s call for an “Islamic government.”
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