Against the background of heightening unrest in Lebanon, Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier today (9 May) telephoned the Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and subsequently issued the following statement in Berlin:
"I am extremely concerned at the escalation of violence in Lebanon, which has already killed and injured several people.
I urgently appeal to all parties to withdraw their armed supporters, to lay down their weapons and to recognize the Lebanese state's monopoly on the use of force.
The events of recent days have shown that a settlement of the political conflict in Lebanon can wait no longer. The parties in the Lebanese parliament agreed months ago on a presidential candidate acceptable to all. They are now called upon to fill at long last the vacuum at the head of the state.
The profound crisis in Lebanon can only be resolved through dialogue and within the framework of the constitutional institutions. One element of such a dialogue must be agreement on the disarmament of all militias in Lebanon."