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Special report: Assad considers Lebanon a Syrian territory

January 14, 2008 @ One Comment

Beirut- Al Watan newspaper of Kuwait has disclosed that president Bashar al Assad considers Lebanon a Syrian territory but run by rebels that threaten the Syrian regime.

Diplomatic sources to Al Watan that Assad considers the Lebanese majority rebels that took away part of Syria . This separation according to Assad threatens the existence of the Syrian regime and this is why he is intent on punishing the majority through his support to the opposition.

Diplomatic sources said that the United States , its Arab and Europeans allies firmly reject the attempts by President Assad to deal with Lebanon as a Syrian territory that was separated by rebellion from the Syrian motherland.

The sources said that Assad deliberately thwarted until now the Arab and international mediators because they treat Lebanon as an independent , sovereign and a free nation ,

French frustration with the Assad regime

Assad tried to use Sarkozy to take revenge for the failed relationship with Jacque Chirac who despised the Syrian regime and played the key role with the Americans to end the dominance of Syria over Lebanon and promoted the formation of the International Tribunal, to try the killers of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri , who was a very close friend (of Chirac).

Bashar tried to convince Sarkozy to reach an understanding that could restore Syrian influence gradually over Lebanon, by beginning with the election of Michel Suleiman as the president based on pre-conditions outlined by the Syrian regime and its Lebanese allies. This effort was rejected by the French president.

Syria tried to separate its relations with France from the Lebanese situation, but this again was rejected by the French president , who considered a Syrian positive role to resolve the Lebanese crises a prerequisite to any improvement of relations between France and Syria
Bashar tried to drive a wedge between France and the United states by offering to sign a bilateral agreement with the French in which France and Syria will consider any involvement by the States as an obstacle to reaching an agreement over Lebanon. That too was rejected by the French president who considers US cooperation essential in Lebanon

Bashar also tried to drive a wedge between the French and the Lebanese majority , by trying to convince France to pressure parliament majority leader Saad Hariri to allow the opposition to have a veto share in the government , but Paris refused to go along.

Bashar also tried to convince Sarkozy to sign a written agreement in which the opposition will have proportional representation in the cabinet equal to their proportional representation in the parliament but the French president refused to sign this agreement .

Bashar tried to deceive Sarkozy by spreading a rumor about an alleged agreement between Speaker Nabih Berri, and Saad Hariri , in which Hariri agreed to offer the opposition a veto share in the government . Bashar even lied to visiting American congressmen about this alleged agreement , but the French soon realized that Bashar was trying to deceive them.

Bashar was all along trying to give the impression that France was eager to cooperate with his regime , but this backfired and in the end when Sarkozy accused Syria of being responsible for the delays as a result of Assad’s broken promises .

All along Assad was trying to use the French to regain influence in Lebanon which he still considers a part of Syria according to the sources

Syrian regime objectives in Lebanon:

The sources identified the new Syrian objectives in Lebanon as follows:

First: The opposition to have proportional representation in the cabinet equal to their proportional representation in the parliament , to enable them to veto any legislation that did not serve the interest of Syria. This proportional type representation has never happened in the history of Lebanon.

Second: The opposition to acquire constitutional advantages that will enable it to block new laws, overthrowing the government and creating political crises any time in the country in the event of refusal by the government to comply with the demands and conditions of the Damascus regime

Third: The opposition through its veto share in the government to strip the power of the president and that of the prime minister to prevent them from taking any decisions that are against the interest of Syria and its allies.

According to the sources, this is precisely why Arab League chief Amr Moussa failed in his mission. The opposition all along was trying to implement the Syrian objectives in dealing with Moussa .

The sources have warned that Assad is trying to give the Lebanese 2 options, both of which are extremely dangerous :

1- Surrender voluntarily to the demands of the Syrian regime and its Lebanese alliesor

2- Surrender by force, through the use of force , intimidation and violence, using the Hezbollah militia and its arms.

sources: Al Watan newspaper of Kuwait , yalibnan.com

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  1. JamesDX

    7 years ago

    Interesting….

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