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  • » 05/13/2005, 00.00

    LEBANON

    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.

    Beirut (AsiaNews) – For Ignatius IV Hazim, Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, the press release of the Synod of Maronite Bishops concerning Lebanon's 2000 electoral law, is moderate, clear and just.

    In a press conference given at the Beirut residence of Mgr Elias Awde, Orthodox Metropolitan, the Patriarch said "we ought to study it closely because it is not a message of hatred. Lebanon needs a representative parliament".

    Ignatius IV further reiterated his "full confidence" in the actions of Cardinal Sfeir, whom he called "a voice who speaks for the whole country".

    The Patriarch strongly urged those present to "look to the future with optimism".

    Ignatius IV, who is leaving for the United States where he is to receive the Pax Christi Award, also spoke about General Michel Aoun.

    "I have not had the opportunity of meeting him in person," he said, "but I love and respect all those who love Lebanon".

    He also said he hopes to meet "all these people" soon. (YH)

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    See also

    04/05/2005 LEBANON
    Maronite bishops call for new electoral law, Geagea's release


    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.

    07/05/2007 LEBANON
    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.”

    23/06/2005 LEBANON
    General Michel Aoun and Lebanon's future


    12/05/2005 LEBANON
    We won't allow the Lebanese people to be marginalised, says Aoun




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