The Lebanese Prime Minister, Selim Al-Hoss resigned on Wednesday (16 May) to make way for a new government which, he said, could restore stability to the country.
SCU Commander of self-proclaimed 'Free Lebanon' Major Saad Haddad answering reporter's questions in English. (2 SHOTS)
REPORTER: "Is there any chance that what they decide will endanger your position here in South Lebanon?"
HADDAD: "Why are you always telling me they will decide? Why do you have to put it in this way? What happens is Haddad will decide because Sarkis is nothing. He can't meet him as a President. He is meeting him as a subordinate. because he appointed him as a President, he nominated him as a President; so he is just a subordinate or his employee -- something like this. And what Assad will decide, it is not for the benefit of our Lebanon. He can't decide something good for Lebanon, Hafez al-Assad."
REPORTER: "If you were able to put through your own solution for South Lebanon and the rest of the country, what exactly would that be?"
HADDAD: "I am not looking to find a solution, only a solution for the South of Lebanon. I am looking to have a solution for all Lebanon. It is a temporary stage that we are passing -- declaring the independence or the freedom of Lebanon because this is the only part now still independent or free, and our aim is to free all Lebanon."
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Background: The Lebanese Prime Minister, Selim Al-Hoss resigned on Wednesday (16 May) to make way for a new government which, he said, could restore stability to the country. The resignation follows a two-day summit in Damascus where Lebanese President Elias Sarkis and his Syrian counterpart, Hafez El-Assad, agreed on a common approach to restore stability in the Lebanon. In South Lebanon, the rebel Lebanese army officer, Major Saad Haddad continues to control the wedge of territory along the Israeli border which he has declared 'Free Lebanon'. Major Haddad told newsmen on Monday (14 May) that he placed no importance on the Damascus summit and pledged to work towards the freedom of all Lebanon.