Statement by Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, on the situation in Lebanon
End production: 13/05/2008 First transmission: 13/05/2008
Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, told journalists, on 13 May 2008 in Brussels, that the EU was still worried about the situation in Lebanon. He said that everybody had to use constraint and act in a constructive manner. At least four people were killed and 20 wounded in Beirut on 10 May when unidentified gunmen fired at a funeral procession of a Sunni Muslim man killed in the ongoing clashes. With the escalation of violence, Lebanon has seen the worst sectarian bloodshed since the 1975-1990 civil war.
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||Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, (in ENGLISH) saying that thay are following very closely the events in Lebanon; they are very very worried about the situation; everybody has to use constraint and act in a constructive manner for Lebanon; 18 months without opening the Parliament, several months without the election of the President, this is something that is very difficult to understand; therefore, it has to change; he would like very much to have the President elected the sooner the better and to stop this wave of violence; they support the legitimate government of Lebanon; this is something that they have done and will continue to do