Parties Issue Joint Announcement on Lebanon Crisis

BEIRUT (Aztag)–Representatives of the three traditional political parties met Monday evening to discuss the ongoing crisis in Lebanon and to assess the condition of the Lebanese Armenian community.

Following the meeting a joint communiqu was issued signed by the Armenian Democratic League (Ramkavar party) Central Executive–the Social Democratic Hunchakian Party Governing Body and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Central Committee of Lebanon.

The political leaders discussed the 13-day-old Israeli attacks on Lebanon and called on the international community to accelerate its efforts for an immediate cease fire and an "end to the bloodshed." They also assessed the resulting refugee crisis in the country and the conditions under which the victims of these attacks are living.

The meeting emphasized the importance of community unity–which was deemed as "the only guarantee to maintain the security and safety of the community."

The political parties decided to continue holding such meetings–in order to effectively monitor and respond to the military and diplomatic developmen’s in the country.

Continuing assistance to the displaced citizens of Lebanon through the parties’ organizational and community mechanisms was an important topic of discussion at the meeting–which pledged to further its efforts to provide care to refugees and victims.

To this end–the meeting welcomed the assistance by the Armenian government–as well as various Diaspora communities–which the meeting participants said underscored the national role the Lebanese-Armenian community plays in our reality.

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