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Lebanon – Violence in Tripoli - Statement by Laurent Fabius (June 2 to 3, 2012)

I condemn the violence that left some 15 people dead and dozens injured in Tripoli over the weekend. I extend my condolences to the families of the victims.

I reaffirm France’s attachment to the security and stability of Lebanon. I pay tribute to the exemplary role played by the army and security services; they alone should be able to use armed force in Lebanon.

In this troubled context, all Lebanese political actors must continue to demonstrate responsibility. I welcome President Suleiman’s wise and responsible decision to bring the political parties together for a national dialogue session on June 11. France encourages all Lebanese political actors to participate in President Suleiman’s initiative and to resume dialogue, the only way to ease the current tensions.



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