Feltman Hopes Lebanese Will 'Reject Apologists of Assad's Butchery' in 2013 Vote

| 21.03,12. 06:24 PM |



 Feltman Hopes Lebanese Will 'Reject Apologists of Assad's Butchery' in 2013 Vote

Lebanon has a moral obligation to support the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and should use upcoming elections to "reject the apologists of Assad's butchery," Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman has said.

In strongly worded remarks, Feltman paid tribute to the Lebanese who took to the streets after ex-prime minister Rafik Hariri's assassination in 2005.

Feltman, who was U.S. ambassador in Beirut during the so-called Cedar Revolution, said that supporters of Lebanon had a "moral as well as political obligation" to support Syrians fighting to topple Assad.

"No one outside of Syria understands the brutality of Bashar al-Assad better than the Lebanese. No one outside of Syria has more of a stake in the outcome than the Lebanese," Feltman told a Lebanese American reception late Monday.

Feltman said that the Cedar Revolution had not yet achieved a Lebanon "free of Assad's manipulation" and of Iranian influence and urged Lebanese to look ahead to parliamentary elections due next year.

"I hope those Lebanese who are here with us today, along with millions of others back home in Lebanon, will again show the world how they can transcend fear -- in order to use those 2013 legislative elections to defeat the remnants of the Syrian occupation and reject the apologists of Assad's butchery," he said.

Assad is facing a revolt that poses the biggest threat to his family's four-decade rule over Syria. Rights activists say more than 9,100 people have died in a year-long crackdown to crush the uprising.


(Votes: 0)

Other News

Jumblat: Syrian Crisis Can Only Be Solved through Overthrowing its Regime Explosions in Damascus to Welcome Annan’s Delegation 3 Students Killed in School Cliff Collapse in Northern Lebanon Regime Intensifies Assault on Idlib and Homs SNC Calls for U.N. Meeting after 47 Killed in Homs 'Massacre' SNC Supports the Formation of the Syrian Businessmen Council 'After everything I have seen, I can tell you, God cannot exist' UN Humanitarian Affairs Secretary: Baba Amr Has Been Completely Destroyed Syrian deputy oil minister joins rebel ranks..Video Berri Stresses Jumblat still Part of Parliamentary Majority US and Canada Impose New Sanctions on the Regime Russian Shells Homs With Unmanned Drones Turkey and UK accused the Assad regime of committing war crimes نشر دبابات في مدينة دير الزور بشرق سوريا Aid still blocked from Baba Amro, Red Cross says Syrian troops shell Homs again Ghalioun: SNC Wants to Organize Delivery of Arms to Syria Rebels Syria Ground Forces Move in to Baba Amr Israeli Occupation Forces Broke Into Wattan TV and Stole Equipment and Contents..Video Injured British Journalist in Lebanon after Escaping Homs Siege U.N. Rights Chief Urges 'Humanitarian Ceasefire' in Syria Attempts to Evacuate Wounded Journalists Trapped in Homs Continued The Friends of Syria MeetingSyrian National Council Statement UN Said Regime Officials Ordered Killing of Unarmed Children and Women Red Cross begins evacuation of wounded from Homs  International Human Rights Agreements in Syria’s Future Massacres Continue as Entire Neighbourhoods are Levelled UAE Plans to Deport 300 Syrian Citizens to Syria 13 Civilians, 2 Troops Dead as Syrian Forces Mass around Homs Miqati Maintains Firm Decision on Transportation Crisis, Refuses Parliament’s Interference