Antelias, July 20, 2006
1- The International Catholic Union of Press in Lebanon (UCIPLIBAN) addressed all UCIP International members in 126 countries around the world, to pressure the international public opinion, and leaders of leading countries to stop war on Lebanon.
2- Lebanon is facing an extensive war, similar to which Europe has faced during the Second World War. This resulted in mass destruction, casualties and human miseries, which no one can keep silent about. The war also resulted in mass destruction to most infrastructures and the killing of many people. Many victims are still under the rubble. It resulted also in the destruction of thousands of homes, and the displacement of tens of thousands of families, with sufferings for children and their families at all levels, and lack of food and medical supplies, etc…
3- Consequently, UCIPLIBAN appeals to all the associates and partners, members of the Union in the world, and the International Press, in general, and ask them to do their utmost to stop this brutal war, through exerting pressure on decision- makers in the leading countries, and let peace come to Lebanon soon.
4- Lebanese have been suffering the war of others on their land since 1975. This had resulted in bloodshed, hundreds of thousands of casualties, displaced and handicapped, in addition to the suffering of continuous rebuilding, and despair of the Lebanese young of a country which does not get peace. The first thing Lebanese long for is peace, and the stoppage of injustices and aggressions they had been subjected to continuously from neighboring countries, and revolutionary extremists who are always seeking new wars.
5- The Lebanese invest on the International Press, which is the basis for global freedom and human rights, and on realistic media which embodies the facts and realities of the Lebanese tragedy. Journalists can explain their case to the International public opinion, and work towards bringing justice and peace to this region, peace based on justice, and international laws.
Translated by: Moris Jahshan