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Aoun warns of conspiracy to naturalize Palestinians.

Summary: BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader and Kesrouan MP Michel Aoun warned of plans to naturalize Palestinians during a three-day visit to Zahle which he concluded Sunday by attending a Mass held to celebrate the inauguration of the new headquarters of Saint Elias monastery in the city. The Mass was attended by Aoun's son in law, Energy and Water Minister Gebran Bassil

BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader and Kesrouan MP Michel Aoun warned of plans to naturalize Palestinians during a three-day visit to Zahle which he concluded Sunday by attending a Mass held to celebrate the inauguration of the new headquarters of Saint Elias monastery in the city.

The Mass was attended by Aoun's son in law, Energy and Water Minister Gebran Bassil, Archbishop Jean Farah, Zahle MPs Nicholas Fatoush, Toni Bu Khater and Joseph Maalouf along with a number of officials and religious figures.

Farah delivered a speech in which he thanked Lebanese expatriate, Wadih al-Absi for funding the construction of the new monastery.

He also thanked Aoun for his participation in the event.

On Saturday night, the FPM leader participated in the annual dinner of the party's Zahle district committee, held at the Arabi Restaurant.

Addressing attendants, the former general said Lebanon was currently witnessing an internal crisis "resulting from foreign policies that want to devastate Lebanon."

"I promise you and you have to promise me in return that we will not be mercenaries for an international game, we will be the soldiers of nation and identity," added Aoun.

The recent announcement of Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon would indict members of his party in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has raised concerns over a renewed strife in the country.

Aoun criticized Lebanese parties that overlooked the legislative branch in Lebanon and instead granted judiciary prerogatives to foreign states sponsoring the STL.

"It is not enough to say there is no strife, we should not work secretly and use illegal means to instigate strife," he said.

Aoun warned against Israeli and US plans aimed at naturalizing Palestinians in Lebanon.

"This is an issue that we reject, and we will not be subject to any foreign policy planning to execute certain plans," he stressed.

Aoun said that the US was not interested in assuring the security, stability and sovereignty of Lebanon, but rather in solving the Palestinian problem at the expense of the Lebanese.

Aoun also visited a number of Zahle's dioceses and religious figures after which he chaired a seminar in one of the schools, attended by some of Zahle's youth.

"You will face a class of politicians with treason as their main objective," he told the attendees, and urged Zahle residents not to sell their land, emigrate or allow the plan to naturalize Palestinians in Lebanon to succeed.

The FPM leader stressed that naturalizing Palestinians was a "real" rather than a "theoretical conspiracy that has started in 1948."

Earlier on Saturday, Aoun received local delegations from the city and district of Zahle in the city's Saint Elias monastery.

Aoun kicked of his visit Friday to the capital of the Bekaa by attending a dinner in Grand Qaderi hotel on the invitation of "General Michel Aoun's Friends." -- The Daily Star

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Date:Jul 26, 2010
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