BEIRUT–In a strongly worded statement issued on March 25–the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Central Committee of Lebanon condemned the violent outpour that has rocked the country in recent weeks–ending over a decade of relative peace following a debilitating fifteen year civil war. Criticizing the bombings and shootings that have occurred since the February 14 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri–the statement called for an immediate end to acts such as the March 23 bombing of the Alta Vista Shopping Center of Kaslik.
"We reaffirm our stance on this issue–and condemn the detrimental position of those who believe that acts of terror aimed against a peaceful Lebanese population will help address the country’s political problems," the ARF statement noted. "The abuse of internal political issues in an attempt to create an unsafe and unstable environment is totally unacceptable to us.
"Abhorrent acts of violence can only serve to further aggravate the political divisions that exist in Lebanon. We reject any attempt that endangers the country’s internal security and endangers its economic stability.
"We call on the people of Lebanon to stand with us in solidarity against any act that threatens the well-being of this country and its population," the statement concluded.