Geagea ‘key’ to reconciliation May 22, 2003

Discours et Textes, Samir Geagea

National reconciliation will never be reached unless jailed Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea is freed, political analyst and writer George Nassif said Wednesday. Speaking during a conference at the American University of Beirut (AUB) on the relationship between Geagea’s freedom and the achievement of national reconciliation, Nassif reminded the audience that Geagea had considered him an enemy, adding that “this is the reason I want Geagea free.” Nassif said that he himself had been one of the leaders of the National Movement in 1975, widely known for his left-wing affiliations, and that he had been wanted dead or alive in LF-controlled areas. Nassif said that even if Geagea, the only warlord tried and jailed, was part of the “dirty war,” there were others who also took part in that war, and he should not be held solely responsible.

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