President of the Lebanese Information Center Dr.
Joseph Gebeily stressed from Canada that Lebanon
needs a functioning government, saying that
continuing with a caretaker government is untenable.
He added that the government must subsequently
establish a suitable environment to hold
presidential elections on time and according to the
constitutional provision of a simple majority vote.
On the crisis in Syria, Dr. Gebeily said that the
only possible solution to the crisis is effective
international intervention that would put a
definitive end to the war. The international
community should also respect the Syrian people’s
desires in forming a transitional government that
would move Syria away from a single-party state
towards a real democratic nation.
Dr. Gebeily visited Canada for a series of meetings
with Canadian officials, including the Canadian
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris
Alexander. Minister Alexander and Dr. Gebeily spoke
about developments in Syria and the effects of the
conflict there on Lebanon. Minister Alexander
assured Dr. Gebeily that Canada continues to
advocate for the sovereignty and independence of
Lebanon, and that Canada supports Lebanese state
institutions in their efforts to extend control over
the entirety of Lebanese territories. He highlighted
the importance of preventing spillover from the
Syria conflict into Lebanon, and condemned the
presence of non-state armed groups. On the future of
Syria, Minister Alexander reiterated Canada’s
support for a final solution to the current conflict
that would establish a democracy and fulfill the
aspirations of the Syrian people.
Dr. Gebeily also met with the Minister for Justice
and Immigration in Nova Scotia province Lina Diab
-MP Maria Mourani from Montreal. During
these meetings, he emphasized the importance of
Canada’s role in supporting Lebanon on an
international scale as well as for the
implementation of United Nations Security Council
Resolutions on Lebanon, and particularly 1559 and
“We must also mention Canada’s firm position on
supporting the Special Tribunal for Lebanon,
established by the international community to stop
political assassinations in Lebanon and bring their
perpetrators to justice,” said Dr. Gebeily.
On domestic and regional political issues, Dr.
Gebeily stressed that Lebanon today is subject to
various attempts at creating a vacuum in the absence
of political, security, and administrative state
institutions. He added that those in charge must
form a functioning government and hold presidential
elections on-time and according to constitutional
Dr. Gebeily also reiterated his warning about the
dangerous consequences of Hezbollah’s open and clear
intervention in Syria’s war along Assad's forces.
He added that the Syrian regime today is
playing the “card” of extremist groups in an attempt
to gain the upper hand in its negotiations.
Dr. Gebeily also warned against the depiction of the
dictatorial Assad regime as a protector of
minorities, especially Christians, in the region.
“We reject this notion as much as we reject the
practices of the religious fanatic groups who deny
people their freedom and dignity, and target both
Christians and Muslims alike,” he said.