BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:05 A.M.) – The leader of the Kata’eb Party, Sami Gemayel, stated during a press conference on Monday that he wants Saad Hariri to quickly return to Lebanon in order to help disarm Hezbollah’s military wing.
“Hariri should return quickly to Lebanon to put his stances into practice from Lebanese territory regarding the constitutional or political steps that he wants to take. We want Hariri to make his steps in Lebanon and not from any other place,” Gemayel stated as quoted by Naharnet.
“The previous settlement ceded the country and its decision to the others and that’s why we reached this dilemma,” Gemayel claimed in reference to Hezbollah.
The Kata’eb leader called for “neutralizing Lebanon in the ongoing conflicts and refraining from interfering in the affairs of Arab countries.”
“We will not say that we will disarm Hezbullah tomorrow but a roadmap should be devised to hand over the weapons and restore the state’s sovereignty,” Gemayel continued.
“Hezbullah has a responsibility towards Lebanon because it’s a Lebanese party and its members are Lebanese. It must understand the gravity of the situation and help itself and the Lebanese to spare the country disasters,” he concluded.
Gemayel has been a long standing critic of Hezbollah and their military wing; he believes the Lebanese group should be fully disarmed in order to strengthen the government.