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Terrorist Attack and Assassination of Mohamad Chatah


Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 27, 2013

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On behalf of President Obama and the United States, I condemn in the strongest possible terms today's abhorrent terrorist attack and assassination of former Lebanese Cabinet Minister Mohamad Chatah in Beirut.

This is a terrible loss for Lebanon, the Lebanese people and for the United States.

I had the privilege of spending many hours with Chatah during my visits to Beirut as a United States Senator, and I know he was a voice of reason, responsibility and moderation. His presence will be missed, but his vision for a united Lebanon, free from sectarian violence and destabilizing interference, will continue to guide our efforts.

Indeed, his tragic end reminds all of us just why his vision remains so imperative.

The Obama Administration supports Lebanon as its leaders work to bring those responsible for this heinous and cowardly attack to justice under the rule of law.

Such actions cannot be allowed to take place with impunity.

This is why we fully support the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and its efforts to find and hold accountable those responsible for these reprehensible and destabilizing acts.

These acts only reinforce the strength and resolve of our commitment to support legitimate, unifying security forces in Lebanon, such as the Lebanese Armed Forces.

It also shows the importance of all parties adhering to the Taif and Baabda agreements and UN Security Council Resolutions 1559 and 1701, and fulfilling their commitments to all of those principles, so that Lebanon maintains its sovereignty and stability.

We stand with the Lebanese people at this time and will continue to do so.



PRN: 2013/1628

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