BEIRUT (18-Nov-2012/PNA/Xinhua) – Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Friday reiterated the need for international pressure on Israel to engage in peace talks with the Palestinians, stressing that the violent conflict does not contribute to democracy in the region, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.
In a statement issued by the presidential media office, Suleiman condemned the “barbarous aggression launched on the Gaza (Strip) by Israel, which only uses the language of killing and destruction.”
He said “the policy of war and terror has never brought a just and comprehensive peace and would never contribute to the aspired democracy in peace negotiations.”
Suleiman reiterated his call for the international community to pressurize Israeli officials into engaging in peace talks, adding “the policy of aggression proved to be useless and it is about time for the enemy to realize that and sit at the negotiating table if it was truly willing to reach peace.”
On the occasion of the Islamic New Year, Suleiman hoped in his statement for more peace, security and stability in the coming days.
Israel launched an offensive on the Gaza Strip Wednesday, the most intense assault on the Palestinian territory in four years. The operation was launched with the assassination of Hamas’ top military commander, followed by an onslaught of airstrikes and shelling by tanks and naval gunboats. (PNA/Xinhua)