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22 May 2008 - Security Council - Lebanon: Stake out of H.E. Mr. Jean-Maurice Ripert, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, following the adoption of a Presidential Statement

We are very satisfied that, at the initiative of France the Security Council was able to address address the issue of the Doha agreement. We agreed quite easily-this is impressive the consensus that emerged in the Security Council- to support and welcome the agreement of Doha and the three elements: the election of a new president for the Lebanese Republic, the creation of a government of national unity, and the fact of addressing electoral legislation. We think it is a good way to get out of the crisis. There are also of course elements that are very important in the agreement which is the renouncement to the use of force and to use arms to solve problems in Lebanon. What is also important in Lebanon is the basis on which we can start working. The Lebanese will be able to start to work again on the consolidation of the Lebanese states, the future of the Lebanese states and the respect of its integrity and sovereignty. We want to pay tribute to the leadership of the Emirates, the Qatar; the Emir and the Prime minister of the Government of Qatar and to the Secretary General of the Arab League who worked very efficiently to this solution. And I recall to you that France has been very much involved since last year to help doing this by helping all the Lebanese to help . What is remarkable is that they achieved this through dialogue and negotiation. This is a very good hope, this is raising for the future of Lebanon!

Where do you think Qatar succeed where Mr Kouchner and the Arab League have failed?

First of all, as I just said, the Qatari authorities have succeeded with the Arab League on the same basis. France was involved at every step, because for one year, we are trying to help all the Lebanese parties to talk together. So, it just took time and time is an element of key importance in terms of negotiations. I also we think that most of people of Lebanon that were afraid of the status of the crisis that interrupted a few weeks ago and they certainly realised that the use of force by any kind of party was not a good way of solving crisis in Lebanon. We think that it helps to find a solution not only on the short term but on the long term also.

None of the relevant SC resolution are mentioned in the text?

They are all mentioned: all the relevant resolutions and the previous statements of the UNSC on the situation in Lebanon. Of course, the Security Council supports its own resolutions!

And what you just said before about the violence was also proposed to be part of the text and now is not?

We have a general reference to all the elements of the Doha agreement and the Doha agreement includes a reference to the fact that everybody renounces to the use of force and the use of arms.

But the Doha agreement was presented at least in Western media as a victory for Hezbollah?

You should ask your journalists colleagues then!

My question was is it wise for the UNSC to confer a legitimacy to Hezbollah?

We support and we welcome the agreement because we think it is a positive step towards the solution and long term for all of us. Thank you. /.

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