In a statement issued after its routine meeting on Wednesday, the March 14 General Secretariat said that Foreign Minister Ali Shami is exceeding his authority by attempting to have UN Security Council Resolution 1559 annulled.
March 14 dismissed Shami’s acts, saying they target other international resolutions, namely Resolution 1757 on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). March 14 also said there is a paradox with regard to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki’s invitation to Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir to Tehran given that all those who oppose the Resistance’s weapons have been called “mercenaries” by Iran’s allies, a reference to Hezbollah.
The statement also said that Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s visit to Syria after years of sour relations was not an easy step and demanded great courage at both the personal and national level. According to the statement, Hariri’s visit was made possible through the people’s commitment to the March 14 alliance’s “Lebanon First” slogan, and the trip is a “test and an opportunity that might not come again” to end years of dispute between the two countries.
March 14 said Damascus should begin by resolving pending issues with Beirut, including Lebanese detainees and the missing in Syria, the demarcation of the Lebanese-Syrian border, respect of Lebanon’s sovereignty and restricting bilateral relations to constitutional institutions in line with Arab and international norms.