Free Patriotic Movement Leader, MP Gebran Bassil, indicated in a press conference held at noon today in commemoration of March 14th, that FPM begins on this date a new year equipped with experiences acquired throughout its struggle path.
“Resilience is the headline of this stage, namely through defining strategic options and transitional positions in foreign and domestic policy on one hand, and through an internal organizational policy that allows for adaptation and endurance on the other hand, in order to achieve what the Movement has become accustomed to, in terms of steadfastness and flexibility and the need for production,” Bassil said.
“The unique pluralism of Lebanese society, as well as the unique Lebanese Diaspora across the world, requires the diversification of relations while being flexible in the options according to the circumstances and the interests, but without giving up any of the cultural links or specific features of society’s components,” the MP explained.
Bassil deemed that stability and freedom do not take place except through peace which in turn can only be established through justice, the preservation of rights, land and resources, with the contribution of the people.
“Lebanon must have the pioneering role in the framing of the Levant space,” he said, noting that Levant membership is an open call for peace between populations, not to minorities in conflict, but rather to specificities that complement each other.
“Peace between people is a value and an objective placed at the heart of the culture of the FPM”, insisted Bassil.
“We want a lasting and effective peace. We believe that establishing peace requires preserving Lebanon’s strength, so that this peace does not turn into affiliation and surrender,” he corroborated, considering that in such a case Lebanon will lose its status which Israel considers a threat.
Bassil went on to express his Movement’s fear of the adoption of federalism, “not because it cannot be a solution for similar countries, but because the fabric of our people and their geographical overlap may turn it into a voluntary sectarian categorization of the population, and this may make it a kind of disguised division which is definitely rejected by us.”
He also referred to the long suffering due to the financial political system’s control of all crucial aspects and decision of the state.
“The defense strategy in itself constitutes a guarantee for Lebanon, and entails that its sons keep it away from every conflict that has nothing to do with it,” Bassil underlined, emphasizing the need to adopt a defense strategy based on internal understanding while preserving the elements of Lebanon’s strength to maintain the balance of deterrence and centralizing the state’s decision, without giving up the sacred and legitimate right to self-defense.
“FPM aims to fortify Lebanon in the face of any aggression from Israel or terrorist groups, and considers the Lebanese army as the primary responsible side for defending the borders and existence,” he asserted.
“Lebanon is a country of balances, and any act of imbalance strikes its diversity and undermines its identity,” Bassil maintained, noting that “the return of refugees and displaced persons is an existential condition for Lebanon, and its absence is a barrier to peace with Israel and a trigger of war with it, and an obstacle to the stability of the distinguished and balanced relations we want with Syria.”
“Lebanon cannot integrate into its society, neither the refugees nor the displaced, particularly since neither its constitution, nor social fabric, nor economic resources, nor the density of its population allow for this resettlement,” he corroborated.
Over his Movement’s understanding with Hezbollah, Bassil affirmed FPM’s determination to review said understanding document with the intention of developing it, in order to: i) protect Lebanon from any external aggression through a defense strategy agreed upon between the two parties and with all the Lebanese, in a way that preserves all elements of its strength and allows the state to neutralize itself and its citizens from any issue that is of no benefit to it; ii) build the state through a serious fight against corruption of all kinds, and carrying out all the reforms necessary for its advancement; iii) develop the system in a way that stops its disruption and secures the full national partnership between all components of the nation and reassures it of its future.
Source: National News Agency