Sleiman hopes military intervention will not occur in Syria

President Michel Sleiman on Thursday voiced hope that a foreign military intervention will not take place in Syria, adding that “any intervention should occur in coordination with Syria,” according to the National News Agency.

Sleiman was speaking during a joint press conference following a meeting with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer at the Baabda Presidential Palace.

Sleiman also voiced hope that international peace envoy Kofi Annan’s plan for ending violence in Syria “would bear a peaceful solution in accordance with what Syrians desire themselves.”

The president added that Lebanon “deals with Syria as a state and not as [a group of] people.”

Since mid-March 2011, Syria has witnessed a deadly revolt against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian Observatory puts the death toll at more than 11,100, while the UN says more than 9,000 have been killed.

Sleiman also extended his gratitude to Fischer for Austria’s “ongoing support for Lebanon and the [UN Security Council Resolution] 1701.”

UNSCR 1701 helped solidify a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah to end the 2006 war. 

Sleiman also said that during his meeting with Fischer, the two men agreed “on the importance [of making efforts] to resolve the Palestinian crisis and return the [rights of] the Palestinian people.”

Fischer arrived in Beirut on Thursday for an official two-day visit.

-NOW Lebanon

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