| 26.06,11. 03:31 AM |
Miqati: No Reason to Keep Arms in Tripoli in Presence of Legitimate Security Institutions
Prime Minister Najib Miqati said Saturday there is no fundamental reason to believe that citizens of the northern city of Tripoli should keep arms in the presence of legitimate security institutions.
“If we really want permanent security and stability in the city or any other city, then the demands of Tripoli citizens and everyone else to withdraw arms from the city’s entire neighborhoods stand to reason,” Miqati said.
“There is no fundamental reason to preserve arms in the presence of legitimate security institutions,” he told Tripoli MPs Samir al-Jisr, Mohammed Kabbara, Badr Wannous and Samer Saadeh who visited him at the Grand Serail.
Miqati promised to meet the demands of the northern city’s residents “through well-studied steps and realistic procedures in coordination with everyone because we don’t want any security measure to be explained as being targeted against any side in favor of the other party.”
He did not explain what steps would be taken to meet the request to announce Tripoli an arms-free city.
Miqati stressed that security procedures should be accompanied by sustainable development. “There won’t be stability, peace and social justice in the absence of sustainable development.”
He vowed to put into action a plan to improve the city’s social status.
Tripoli will remain united, Miqati told the MPs despite the deadly clashes last week between the Sunni residents of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen, which is mainly Alawite.
“What happened last week was similar to an alarm for the city’s residents, MPs and leaderships. That’s why we hurried to ask security leaderships, mainly the Lebanese army, to take the appropriate measures to end the clashes,” the PM said.