ALC- PR- US Congress

Monday, 18 September 2006

Media Release –

Lebanese American Organizations’ Leaders Discussed in

Washington DC Current Situation in Lebanon.


Leaders from Lebanese American organizations, in support of Lebanon in its

current crisis, met for a conference at the United States Capitol in

Washington DC on July 28, 2006 to discuss among themselves and with US

officials the ways to address the roots and causes of the current crisis in

Lebanon to devise and suggest long lasting solutions to set up a plan of

action to help end the dangerous Lebanese situation.


Congressman Darrel Issa deplored the violence and raised concerns about the

humanitarian crisis. He furthermore insisted on respecting the authority of

the Lebanese government as the sole representative of the free will of the

Lebanese people. Representative Issa had visited the White House earlier

that morning with a group of other Congressmen from Lebanese origin. The

group asked for a cessation of hostilities coupled with a long stabilization

plan for Lebanon. They received assurances that the President is concerned

about the civilian and the humanitarian losses while at the same time being

committed to a lasting solution for Lebanon. Congressman Charles Boustany

sympathized with the Lebanese for their losses and supported his colleague

Mr. Issa for his stand. Dr Boustany pledged total support to Lebanon in its

current crisis and reassured all present of his commitment to work with his

colleagues for finding a lasting solution for Lebanon and relieve the

suffering of its people. Senator John Sununu sent his assistant Mr Martin

Bayr in a show of support for the leadership conference.


Ambassador John Bolton US Ambassador to the United Nations sent a letter to

the Conference with Deputy Ambassador Ms Sarah Tinsley Demarest, reiterating

that he will not rest until he sees Lebanon sovereign and fully independent

from all foreign interferences; the immediate task facing the US Mission and

the UN Security Council being the formation of a multinational force to

deploy in Southern Lebanon and to separate the protagonists.


The Director of Public Diplomacy at USAID the Honorable Walid Maalouf

presented the conference with a report of the aid package sent to Lebanon

along with future commitments from his agency to assist the Lebanese people.


At the end of the conference Dr. Joseph Gebeily, President of the Lebanese

Information Center and the American Lebanese Coalition, read the resolution

to the media on behalf of the organizations present.








The Organizations participating in this conference agree on:


1.  Calling on all internal and external parties involved in the

conflict, directly or indirectly, to fully respect the sovereignty of

Lebanon and abide by the rules of International law.

2.  Demanding an immediate and complete cease-fire to allow the Lebanese

Government and the international community’s efforts to solve the problems

emanating from the latest conflagrations and their consequences, in a

permanent manner.  Such cease-fire is to be followed immediately by a

concrete, comprehensive, and speedy process to restore Lebanese sovereignty

and defend it against any foreign interference.

3.  Opposing Hezbollah’s deplorable actions in engaging Israel in war

activities while serving the agendas of Syria and Iran, and its continued

determination to ignore Lebanon’s need to have legitimate armed forces,

namely the Lebanese Army, and thus abide by the Taef Agreement and relevant

UN resolutions.

4.  Denouncing the Israeli aggression over Lebanon, and any deliberate

targeting of civilians, infrastructure, relief activities, Lebanese Army

barracks, and United Nations posts.

5.  Deploring the civilian losses and mass displacement of civilians.

6.  Expressing gratitude for the United States of America and all other

friends of Lebanon for the support they have provided and continue to

provide, to the Lebanese government and the Lebanese people.

7.  Continuing the campaign in the United States aimed at helping

alleviate the suffering of the Lebanese people, and calling for a rapid

recovery operation aided by the international community. 




8.  Asserting that the Lebanese Government is the exclusive legitimate

party to negotiate on behalf of Lebanon, and to exclusively hold the

decision of war and peace.  Supporting the Lebanese Government’s efforts to

extend its authority over the totality of the Lebanese territory, to control

the Lebanese borders, and to disarm all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias

according to the Taef Agreement and UNSCR 1559.

9.  Calling for the establishment of an enabled multinational force

under the auspices of the United Nations to work alongside the Lebanese Army

in deploying along, and securing Lebanon’s borders with Syria and Israel.

Furthermore, calling on the United Nations to assist Lebanon in the drawing

and finalization of its international borders, and finding a permanent

solution to the issue of the Shebaa Farms.

10. Stressing the need for a quick resolution concerning all Lebanese

detainees in Syria and Israel.

11. Stressing the need to revert to the 1949 Armistice Agreement between

Lebanon and Israel.

12. Reminding the international community that Lebanon has been

victimized by all parties involved in this conflict directly or indirectly.







Participating Organizations


   American Lebanese Alliance – member of the American Lebanese


   Assembly for Lebanon – member of the American Lebanese Coalition

   Lebanese Information Center – member of the American Lebanese


   National Alliance of Lebanese Americans

   March 14th Alliance in the US

   World Lebanese Cultural Union

   American Lebanon Coalition for a Sovereign Lebanon

   American Lebanese Coordination Council – member of the American

Lebanese Coalition

   Lebanese For Lebanon Foundation

   American Lebanese Christian Club of Cleveland








For Media and Public Relations Contact:





   Dr. Joseph Gebeily




Lebanese Information Center


American Lebanese Coalition


Tel:              (240) 498-1895      


Email:  [email protected]




   Joseph Hage




American Lebanese Coordination Council


Vice President – Media & Public Relations


American Lebanese Coalition


Tel:              (305) 370-2255      


Email: [email protected]




Joseph Hage




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