Chirac voices 'horror' at Lebanon bombings
PARIS, Feb 13, 2007 (AFP), French President Jacques Chirac Tuesday expressed his horror at a bombing that killed three people northeast of Beirut in a letter to Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.
PARIS, Feb 13, 2007 (AFP)
French President Jacques Chirac Tuesday expressed his horror at a bombing that killed three people northeast of Beirut in a letter to Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.
"I am horrified and dismayed at the appalling attacks that took place this morning in Bikfaya. I condemn them in the clearest terms," Chirac wrote.
"By striking on the eve of the commemoration of the attack that claimed the lives of Rafiq Hariri and his companions, these murderers are trying to plunge the whole of Lebanon back into violence."
Bomb blasts tore through two buses in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing three people as the deeply divided nation prepared to commemorate Hariri's murder two years ago.
The bombings in a mainly Christian area northeast of Beirut were the latest in a spate of attacks that have been blamed on Lebanon's former powerbroker Syria and came at a time of high political tensions in Lebanon.
According to the French presidency, Chirac also spoke with the head of Lebanon's influential Maronite council of bishops, Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, to express his condolences.
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy warned that those responsible for the "hateful and cowardly attack", "and for those of the past two years, will be made to answer for their crimes."
"Faced with this new attempt to destabilise Lebanon, it is essential that the Lebanese people pull together to avoid falling into the trap that has been laid for them," he said in a statement.
He stressed France's solidarity with efforts to "preserve the stability, unity and sovereignty of Lebanon".
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