Statements by the Members of the EC and of the Council on the situation in Lebanon
End production: 09/04/2008 First transmission: 09/04/2008
The House debated the situation in Lebanon following statements from the Commission and the Council, on 9 April 2008 in Brussels. The vote on the resolution will take place during the April Strasbourg plenary. On 14 March, the Slovenian Presidency made the following statement on Lebanon: The EU continues to stand by its strong support for the Government and institutions of Lebanon in carrying out their missions in order to preserve Lebanon's stability, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. The EU expresses concern about the ongoing political deadlock in Lebanon and deterioration of the security situation. The EU reiterates its strong support for the plan unanimously adopted by the Arab Foreign Ministers in seeking to broker a resolution to the political crisis and commends the continued efforts by the Arab League Secretary General. It urges the parties in Lebanon to proceed, as a first step to the immediate holding of the Presidential election prior to the Arab Summit. The success of the plan requires all actors to play a constructive role. The EU recalls that EU High Representative has been designated to spearhead the EU efforts with Arab countries in this respect.
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||Janez Lenarčič, Slovenian State Secretary for European Affairs and President in office of the Council, (in SLOVENIAN) saying that their objective is to defend the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, unity and stability of Lebanon; the EU supports the democratic institutions of Lebanon including the legitimate government of Prime Minister Siniora;
they support the efforts of the United Nations and the Arab League; they support the three phase plan which includes the immediate election of a Head of State, the setting up of a government of National unity and the adoption of a new law on the elections;
the second problem has to do with Syria; Syria is a country which wheels influence in Lebanon and wishes to continue to do so; nonetheless, the Arab league initiative is at present the only viable initiative with the view to resolve the crisis in Lebanon; they look forward to the Arab League Secretary General to continuing his efforts and the EU will support him in what he is doing
||Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement, (in ENGLISH) saying that the present situation in Lebanon is extremely worrying; the deep political crisis continues and the election of the president was postponed for the 17th time since November 2007;
indications that Hezbollah has replenished its military capacity since 2006 are worrying, especially in the light of the threats against Israel;
continued support to the implementation of the Arab League initiative remains their key priority; despite all difficulties, this initiative enjoys broad support and it represents for the moment the only option to find a solution;
they should continue efforts to maintain momentum in the Middle East peace process which has an impact on Lebanon
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