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The Secretary General of the United Nations ends this Wednesday, December 22 a four-day visit to the land of the cedar. On the agenda: the investigation into the port explosion of August 4, 2020, the securing of the border with Israel, but above all the economic and political crisis. The Lebanese are sinking into misery: 80% of the population now live below the poverty line, and there is total paralysis.
Once again, Antonio Guterres visiting Beirut calls for a transparent investigation into the explosion of August 4, 2020. Once again, the UN Secretary General calls on the international community to mobilize. And once again, he urges the political class to take responsibility.
“I called on Lebanese political leaders to work to put in place reforms that meet the aspirations of the people, and to rekindle hope,” he said. In view of the suffering the Lebanese are enduring, political leaders have no right to be divided and cripple the country. “
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A speech that foreign politicians have been repeating since the start of the Lebanese crisis in 2019, from Mohammed Ben Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, to Emmanuel Macron, the French president, via Joe Biden, the American president. But the international community seems to be preaching in the wilderness. Lebanon remains paralyzed by its political class.
“The response of the international community will not be up to the urgency until reforms are put in place,” warns Antonio Guterres. Our support must be greater than today, but Lebanon must first meet its end of the bargain. “
The Secretary General of the United Nations says he sees in the legislative elections, which should be held next spring, “an essential opportunity for the Lebanese people to make their voice heard”. An electoral event that however arouses little enthusiasm in the streets of the country, in the face of a corrupt political class determined to keep power.
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