The second congress of the Revolution's Youth Union was opened in Damascus, Syria on Monday (12 April) by Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad.
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Background: The second congress of the Revolution's Youth Union was opened in Damascus, Syria on Monday (12 April) by Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad.
Representatives of about 65 Arab and friendly countries attended the opening session, which was held at Damascus University auditorium.
Visnews cameraman Elie Azzi reports that President Assad gave an important speech, mentioning the existence of plots, conspiracy and intrigue in relation to the handling of the crisis in the Lebanon.
The President condemned the people who were responsible for escalating the Lebanese civil war after the first Syrian-negotiated cease-fire broke down. He accused them of not knowing what they wanted and not acting in accordance with genuine revolutionary principles.
The main point of President Assad's speech came when he said that Moslems and Christians treated each other as equals in Syria and were jointly prepared to move into the Lebanon to "protect the aggrieved and to stand in the face of every aggressor and every oppressor, irrespective of his religious pretext".
He also said that those who insist on fighting in the Lebanon have no real feeling for religion, but are simply trading in it, in the same way as they exploit progressive and reactionary trends.
The congress continues until Thursday (15 April).