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Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Another perspective from the Lebanese diaspora
Statement by Six Canadian Lebanese Organizations and Clubs
Mississauga, Ontario -- July 19, 2006 -- We, the undersigned, representatives of the six Canadian Lebanese organizations that are listed below, extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Canadian government, represented by Prime Minister Mr. Stephen Harper and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Peter MacKay, for the correct, just and prompt positions they have taken with regard to Lebanon and the unfortunate military confrontations that are occurring on its soil as a result of the reckless hostile actions of the Hezbollah group that violate the will of the Lebanese people and the decisions and authority of the legitimate government of Lebanon. The actions and conduct of Hezbollah are extremely harmful to the interests of Lebanon and the Lebanese people, and obstruct progress of the peace process in Lebanon specifically, and in the Middle East in general.
We also thank the government for its wise and effective efforts with respect to its handling of all measures for the evacuation of Canadian citizens from Lebanon, the safeguard of their security, and their safe return to Canada.We call on the Canadian government to continue its interventions through the United Nations and the Security Council to secure an immediate truce in Lebanon based on UN Resolution 1559, which explicitly calls for the disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias, the deployment of the Lebanese army along the border with Israel, and the extension of the authority of the Lebanese government over all Lebanese territory.
Signatories of the statement
Elias Bejjani, Lebanese Canadian Coordinating Council
Toni Mouanis, Canadian Lebanese Human Rights FederationNoel Haddad, Phoenician Club of Mississauga
Khalil Kaekati, Canadian Phoenician Community Services Club
Charbel Constantine, Canadian Lebanese Christian Heritage Club
Colonel Charbel Barakat, World Lebanese Cultural Union -- Canadian Chapter
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