Butros Harb Vows to Free Geagea August 4, 2004

Discours et Textes, Samir Geagea

Presidential aspirant Butros Harb has pledged, if elected, to dismantle the police state established by the Lahoud regime, free jailed Lebanese Forces Commander Samir Geagea and invite Gen. Aoun to return to Lebanon from exile in France.

These were the main highlights of Harb’s policy agenda if elected as Lebanon’s 12th post-independence president, asserting that Gen. Lahoud’s term in office would not be extended beyond the midnight deadline of Nov. 23-24, 2004.

Harb read out his presidential platform at a packed news conference in the Lebanese parliament attended by an assortment of politicians and jurists as well as his wife Marlene.

Asked whether Lahoud’s term could be extended, Harb said “no extension and I promise that I won’t seek an extension if I am elected.”

In pledging to release Geagea and to get Aoun back to Lebanon, Harb said “If I am the president of Lebanon without being able to dismantle the police state, then ‘El Awad bi Salamtak.”

Harb also pledged to deploy the Lebanese army along the border with Israel to end Hizbullah’s effective control of the only active Arab warfront with the Jewish state. He pledged to leave no stone unturned to liberate the Shabaa farms from Israeli occupation.

Harb also said he would seek a redeployment of Syrian army troops from Lebanon in stages “until there is absolutely no need for them to stay on.”

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