ArDO: Yes we want Lebanon to be the Switzerland of the East and Beirut the Paris of the East

The donation conference for the rebuilding of Lebanon

Your Excellencies and honourable Ministers

The Lebanese Diaspora supports the Swedish initiative to hold this conference for Lebanon on its soil. Meanwhile, we urge the donators to be acting under the frames of the United Nations and its resolutions, especially UNSCR 1559 and 1701.

Our clear claim is that the donations aimed for Lebanon in this occasion should be coherent with the aims of UNSCR 1701 which confirm the fulfilment of 1559 regarding the disarmament of the Hezbollah inside Lebanon.

We are calling upon all participants to avoid the mistake of donating money that can build a country and in the same time can be used to destroy it in the few years to come. With every project approved on the ground we need to see a part of the military equipment of Hezbollah handed over to the Lebanese Army or directly to the UN forces. UN peace-keeping forces are unable to keep a peace if not agreed upon among the belligerent parts. The disarmament of the militia of Hezbollah should be the main condition for starting any aid program. Only this way we can be able to see the seriousness of the Hezbollah leadership if they really are respecting the International Community. We have not seen any signs from the Hezbollah militia leadership aiming to end the war. In the contrary, they have until now only claimed “strategic divine victory” and tried to harass and threaten any Lebanese voice that claims and urges the fully implementation of the UNSCR 1559 and 1701, Hezbollah are considering these voices as the voices of the “enemies of Lebanon”. 

With all our appreciation to you efforts, we urge your conference to take the measures which make it possible to re-establish peace in Lebanon and in the region through the disarmament of Hezbollah and other militias that are using the Lebanese civilians as hostages for their ideological agendas and human shields in their fundamentalist wars.

May you success in this conference.


The World Council for the Cedars Revolution: 

Roni Harb -

The Lebanese International committee for implementing the UNSCR 1559:

Elias Saouk -

ArDO: Aramaic Democratic Organization:

Gabi Gello - 

SOMEC: Solidarity organization for Middle Eastern Christians:

Asaad Sauma -

The World Maronite Union in Sweden:

Toni Abi Khalil  -

The Swedish peace association:

Roni Doumit -

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