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 ALCCR PRESS RELEASE    

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MAXWELL INSTITUTE LECTURE
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November 20, 2005



“The Time has come for change in Syria…The Assad Ba’ath is like the Saddam Ba’ath”

“United Nation Security Council Must Respect its Decisions and it Must Implement its Resolutions; Diplomatically if Possible
by Force if Necessary.”

Eastern and MEPI Affairs at
USAID the Honorable Walid Maalouf reflected Eastern and MEPI Affairs at USAID the
Honorable Walid Maalouf reflected the latest  the Honorable Walid Maalouf reflected the latest attitude of the US
government
USAIDthe latest attitude of the US government towards Syria by publicly demanding  the Honorable Walid
Maalouf reflected demanding regime change in Syria—an the latest attitude of the US government towards Syria by
publicly official. Mr. demanding regime change in Syria—an unprecedented demand by any US Bashar official. Mr. Maalouf’
s diplomatic, yet strong criticism of Syrian President US Bashar Assad’s latest speech at the University of Damascus is
indicative of Council US frustration with Syria’s lack of cooperation with regard to UN Security from Council Resolution
1559, calling for a complete withdrawal of Syrian troops border from Lebanon, closing terrorist groups offices in Damascus,
securing its Palestinian border with Iraq, and disarming terrorist militias (i.e. Hizbullah and maneuvering Palestinian
camps.) Furthermore, the US seems to be fed up with Syria’s maneuvering regarding the UNSCR 1595 and 1636, which
demand investigating unconditional Syrian cooperation with the UN investigation committee Hariri. On the other hand, Mr.
investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. On the other hand, Mr. Maalouf hammered
Assad for his Prime Minister “disrespectful” and “threatening” remarks to the Lebanese people and have the Prime
Minister Fouad Seniora. He said: “It is particularly outrageous to when it is have the Syrian regime threaten the current
Lebanese Prime Minister murder of a former Lebanese Prime Minister.”  
when it is accused in a United Nations report of possible involvement in the
murder of a former Lebanese Prime Minister.”  

Mr. Maalouf criticized Assad for failing to address internal reform desperately needed to the Syrian people instead of
meddling in other countries affairs noting: “Instead of speaking about social and political reform in Syria and new
economic opportunities for the Syrian people, 15 out of 18 pages of his speech were about regional politics and his
interference in other countries’ affairs…” Mr. Maalouf asserted: “Today Syria’s Ba’ath is not a regional power and to our
knowledge no one in Iraq, the Palestinian Territories, or Lebanon has appointed President Bashar Al-Assad as their
spokesman. The time has come for change in Syria.” Mr. Maalouf concluded: “There will be no stability in Iraq, Lebanon,
and the Palestinian Territories until Syria’s Ba’ath is restrained by the international community from attempting to
destabilize the region through the use of tactics that no one is buying anymore… The Assad Ba’ath is like the Saddam Ba’
ath –enough is enough –freedom and democracy for the Syrian people from the Ba’ath regime is a must.”

In regards to USAID activities, Mr. Maalouf stated that In FY 2005, USAID has spent an estimated $3.7 billion in aid to the
Middle East and North Africa, including just over $1.5 billion in Afghanistan, $531 million in Egypt, and $40 million in
Lebanon to further the aim of providing transparent, sustainable, democratic, and humanitarian assistance to people of
those regions.

Following a thorough historical analysis provided by American Lebanese Coordination Council (ALCC) Secretary General
Pierre A. Maroun, and Mr. Maalouf’s speech, the speakers further discussed the subject matter in a discussion panel.
Replying to a question regarding Hizbullah’s arms, Mr. Maroun asserted: “Hizbullah has done some resistance and some
terrorism in the past. Today, Hizbullah leadership stands on an intersection. It’s up to them to remain a resistance by
submitting to UNSCR 1559, or to rebel against it and be a terrorist organization. The choice is theirs.”

As for the recommendation to resolve the security dilemma in the region, Mr. Maroun demanded the UN Security Council
to respect its decisions and to implement all of its resolutions; diplomatically if possible, by force if necessary.”     

The event,
Pivot Point Beirut: Syria, Lebanon, and the Current Security Dilemma, was gathered by the Student Association for
Terrorism and Security Analysis (SATSA) at 7:30pm within the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, NY.

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