Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Sunday asked for answers regarding the Beirut port blast, saying that no one is above accountability.
“Everyone who was involved in the explosion should be held accountable and summoned to the Judiciary, including Hezbollah that should be also questioned just like any other part in the country,” Gemayel said in an interview with LBC.
“We are with the international investigation, but is it available?” he asked.
“All the companies that work at the port affirm that there is a military line presence for Hezbollah there,” he added.
“On August 4, we have lost our Secretary General Nazar Najarian along with three other comrades. Thus, we have the right to ask all the questions we want so as to know what has really caused the blast,” he pointed out, pledging that as a Kataeb party they will follow up this case until the last breath.
Gemayel hoped that Judge Tarek Bitar will be able to withstand all the pressures that are being exerted on him, including those exercised by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in his latest speech and divisive logic,” saying that it is the judge’s role to reveal all the secrets behind the blast.
“The crime of August 4 could be intentional or unintentional but it remains a crime,” he said.
“We need to know how the ammonium nitrate got into the port and how it came out. What has caused the first blast in the first place, what was set on fire and what caused the second blast,” he added.
“We will not accept diluting the investigation into the explosion and we will not yield to the fait accompli,” he noted.
The Kataeb leader deemed the Lebanese Parliament as sterile, saying that it is unable to perform anything as long as Hezbollah is controlling it.
“If Hezbollah doesn’t want to lift any immunities, then none will be lifted,” he pointed out, accusing it of acting outside the framework of the State, the Constitution and the law.
“Pressure must individually be exerted on lawmakers so as to bring down the Parliament,” he asserted.
“I am against war and there are those who want to drag us to this place. But that does not mean that we should not resist in the streets, through the political situation and the upcoming parliamentary elections,” he said.
“Whoever has pure intentions must have the enough awareness that a new society cannot be created, but rather we must contribute to facilitating the transformation of all people who come from various backgrounds and are convinced of specific principles to unite around them,” he affirmed.
The resigned lawmaker deemed the problem today as national, and not Christian, calling for a Lebanese national meeting that includes people from all sects to confront the scheme that is aimed at seizing the control of the country supported by a portion of Christians, Shiites, Druze and Sunnis.
“The Lebanese people are being held as hostages by an armed militia and a political mafia that have created the government and the Parliament. Both of them are responsible for the situation the country has reached today,” he said.
“I am starting to be convinced that President Michel Aoun doesn’t want to form a government,” he noted.
“No one has the right to take Lebanon as a hostage, to decide for us our future and whether we will enter a war or not. The only authorized part is the Lebanese people and that will happen through official institutions,” he said.
“Our problem is that our borders are open, and as long as they are exposed and our State is not responsible for its borders, the problems will remain, the State must bear its responsibility and the resistance must be under the army command,” he pointed out.
“The decision to confront should be in the hands of the Lebanese people, not in the hands of a group, and it should not be a settling of scores,” he added.
“We have a major problem with weapons as our relationship is cut off with all Arab countries, there are Lebanese who are expelled from their work, our economy is not benefiting from the markets abroad, and Lebanon is isolated economically.”
Gemayel affirmed that the Kataeb Party has put all its energies and strength in an attempt to save this country and build a better future for the Lebanese people based on its experience and the expertise it possesses, saying that they are convinced that a transformation has occurred among the Lebanese people.
“In all regions, there are people who have the same convictions and think the same way as the Kataeb Party, and this matter has begun since October 17 revolution where we have met many young men and women who are seeking change for this country,” he pointed out.
“We have formed a coordinating framework with which we have agreed on unifying everyone who believes in a sovereign stance, who rejects the presence of illegal weapons and who wants to face the settlement system,” he said.
“The greatest challenge is the remnants of the past and the pages that weren’t folded yet,” he noted.
“There is desire among a large part of the Lebanese to create a parliamentary political force independent of the system, to present a serious choice and a clear framework, to show people a unity of ranks and a clear vision as well as to present the Lebanese an alternative,” he pointed out.
“As a Kataeb party, we believe that there is a need to change the electoral law.”
Gemayel called on the international community to prevent any country from interfering in Lebanon’s internal affairs whether by sending weapons, money or anything else, saying that the Lebanese’ voices should be heard as Iran’s problem in Lebanon is not an internal issue.