France takes note of the appointment of Najib Mikati by President Michel Suleiman in order to form a new Lebanese government.
It commends the work of the national unity government led by Saad Hariri, following the exemplary democratic elections. It pays tribute to his courage, dignity and determination in carrying out his mission under particularly difficult circumstances.
The process of forming the government will begin. It must take place within the framework of the Constitution and the Taif Accords and reflect the independent and sovereign choice of the Lebanese people, without any interference and through dialogue.
We urge the future government to honor the international commitments made by Lebanon, notably with respect to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
While demonstrations are still taking place, France urges all parties to demonstrate restraint and to refrain from any use of violence.
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