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Former Lebanese prime minister says what is happening in Tripoli is "not acceptable"

Last modified: 4 Jun 2013 10:20

Saad Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, said what was happening in Tripoli was "unacceptable and should not continue under any pretext".

"The Lebanese army must assume its responsibility in safeguarding the city and not leave it to those who arouse discord," he said in a statement issued on Monday evening.

We expressed more than once our fear of a wicked plot targeting Tripoli and its people, and called on the army and all the official security forces to prevent those who are assaulting the dignity and safety of the citizens and implementing foreign orders that aim at destabilizing Lebanon in general and Tripoli in particular, from carrying out their plot. The state with its military and security forces must resolve to stop the saga of bloodshed and destruction, and end the illegal actions threatening the national security. We, on our part, with all those who support the State and the army, will not provide cover for any negligence that is costing lives. 

The silence on the crime committed against Tripoli is a crime in itself, and we will not accept this anymore. The state is responsible for the city and it is responsible, through the army and all the security forces, of preventing any discord from the part of those working to import the Syrian fire into Lebanon."