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July 12/2005

For Immediate Release


Lebanon shall not know security, stability, and peace until the full implementation of UN Resolution 1559


The CLHRF strongly condemns the terrorist, evil and ugly crime that targeted this morning Lebanon's caretaker Vice Premier and Defense Minister Elias Murr in the Nacache/Entelias area of Northern Metn region. This horrible crime necessitates that the international community and the free world speed up their effective and serious efforts to fully implement the remaining clauses of the UN resolution 1559 as pertains to the disarmament of all Lebanese and non Lebanese militias and the sole deployment of the Lebanese army on Lebanon's border with its both neighboring countries, Syria and Israel.

There cannot be security, stability, respect for the constitution,  nor protection for liberties and democracy in the presence of states and cantons within the state of Lebanon, as is today the imposed status quo, in South Lebanon, the Beirut southern district, the Palestinian camps and in several other Lebanese regions.


The booby-trapped car that the criminal hands exploded via remote control as minister’s Murr car was passing did not only have him for target, but all Lebanon with all its constituents including its identity, existence, sovereignty, coexistence, multitude, stability, and future. It also targeted all the sovereign Lebanese citizens and their free patriotic leaders who are honestly seeking to reconstruct the state of law and institutions, impose the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and spread the authority of the state via its own forces on the totality of its land. It is also a desperate venomous attempt from local, regional, and international fundamentalist and terrorist forces whose identity is know to all and which seek to safeguard its interests in Lebanon by keeping it as a theater for their wars and the base of its crimes and a refuge for its cadres.


This ugly crime is part of a continuing chain that strongly persists on planting discord in the "Home of Cedars" by forces that wish Lebanon ill. It is also certain to be part of the latest chain of assassinations and explosions that targeted lately leaders from all Lebanese groups and in the Christian regions of " Northern Metn and Keserwan".


The CLHRF expresses it deepest regrets to the victims and calls on the international community, represented by the UN, and on the Lebanese authorities, to apprehend the criminals and all their supporters, because nothing can stop this terrorist series of attempts except the enhancement of the state’s security organizations after “Lebanizing” them, and the confiscation of all illegal weapons from all armed militias and the establishment of the state’s authority on all Lebanon’s territories and on its borders.


The CLHRF wishes minister Murr and all the wounded a quick recovery, and offers its condolences to the families of the casualties. We also wish to our beloved mother homeland, Lebanon to remain steadfast in its peaceful message and endeavors, ingenuity, and excellence, and to its free leaders who believe in Freedom and Democracy we wish a bright victory on all forces of terrorism, fundamentalism, and ignorance.


CLHRF Spokesman

Elias Bejjani