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Text of Nasrallah’s October 28 speech

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah spoke on the latest regional and domestic Lebanese developments in an address televised October 28 to a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Al-Rasoul al-Aazam Hospital in Beirut’s Dahiyeh:

 

I congratulate the Azaz abductees and their families for their safe return home and I thank everyone who helped in their release.

 

We need to follow up with cases of other abductees as well, such as the abducted bishops in Syria, Sayed Hassan al-Moqdad and Lebanese photographer Samir Kassab.

 

Old issues have also come up after the Azaz abductees returned home. Some of the families of the missing Lebanese people in Syria have begun to raise their voices again. There must be someone who is in charge of ending all these issues.

 

We want to return our abductees to Lebanon to prove to the world that we are a country that respects itself. Some of these issues should be resolved in collaboration with Syria, others are in Israel. We have thousands of detained Lebanese citizens in Israel.

 

On every occasion, the issue of Moussa al-Sader and his brothers comes up, and this is a national issue and the state must take responsibility for this matter.

 

Regarding the issue of the Azaz abductees, we were also concerned for the pilgrims’ lives and I call on the Lebanese authorities to study the case of these abductees.

 

All the events in Syria are tied to the events in Lebanon because there is a certain party that has linked everything in Lebanon to what is happening in Syria. They are disrupting political life as they wait for the result of the events in Syria to impose their own conditions.

 

The Syrian army has advanced on the field in Syria and armed groups have started to divide.

 

There will be no military solution in Syria, the acceptable and available solution is political and the way to reach that is through dialogue with no preset conditions. Lebanon and all the region’s countries must push towards a political solution in Syria.

 

Saudi Arabia is angry with the way things are going in Syria and is seeking to disrupt and postpone the Geneva II Conference. Disrupting the political solution in Syria means more destruction, more victims, more killing.

 

The truth is that the result of the Syrian [revolution] is failure.

 

I address the March 14 alliance: We [currently] accept the 9-9-6 formula [for cabinet formation], but when conditions change we might no longer accept it; take advantage of the opportunity. You [March 14] made failed bets since 2005 and now you are betting on Syrian events and today I tell you that these bets have also failed so let us focus on internal issues.

 

Today, Lebanon is facing general disruption, and March 14 thinks the way to stop this disruption is by forming the cabinet.

 

We have accepted the 9-9-6 formula but they have refused it because it would give us veto power. However, veto power would only be useful when it comes to issues that require approval by two-thirds of the cabinet members.

 

We are being humble by accepting this formula and now it is your turn to be humble and accept it. Doesn’t this country deserve some sacrifice from you?

 

You are disrupting the parliament for no “constitutional” reason; it is for political reasons that you are disrupting it.

 

I call on President Michel Suleiman and all ministers to hold a cabinet session and call on [March 14] to cease disrupting the cabinet because there are two issues that cannot be postponed any longer: The issue of oil and gas exploration, and the issue of the country’s security.

 

What is happening in Tripoli saddens us very much.

 

A strict decision needs to be taken by the Lebanese army and everyone must respect and cooperate with them. The situation in Tripoli is getting worse due to political and religious fueling of the conflict.

 

National responsibility requires us to take all necessary measures to prevent any bombings in Lebanon.

 

The only thing preventing the cabinet from tackling these two issues and solving them is only caused by political rivalry.

All the events in Syria are tied to the events in Lebanon because there is a certain party that has linked everything in Lebanon.