WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) March 10, 2005
Yesterday, a second piece of landmark pro-Lebanon legislationÂthe Lebanon and Syria Liberation ActÂwas introduced by Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida) and Congressman Elliot Engel (D-New York). At a press conference following the new billÂs introduction, Ros-Lehtinen said, ÂThrough the introduction of the Lebanon and Syria Liberation Act (LASLA), or as I like to refer to it, LA-SYRIA-LA, which means ÂNo Syria NoÂ in Arabic, we seek to intensify the pressure on the Syrian regime.Â The new bill strengthens sanctions against the government of Syria, and establishes a program to support a transition to a democratically elected government in Syria and the restoration of sovereignty and democratic rule in Lebanon.
This historic achievement can be linked to WashingtonÂs most effective pro-Lebanon lobby, the Lebanese American Council for Democracy. Just as it took the leading role among Lebanese American groups in introducing the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act, and just as it rallied Lebanese-Americans around that bill, so has the LACD taken the lead in the introduction of this new bill today.
Both of the new billÂs original sponsors thanked the LACD during their remarks at a post-introduction press conference today. Congressman Engel recalled that LACD President Tony Haddad promised him that one day the two would together visit a free Lebanon, and Engel expressed the opinion that that day is coming soon. Similarly, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen said, ÂI would like to thank the LACD for their ongoing efforts on behalf of their brothers and sisters in Lebanon. Their dedication and commitment for decades were instrumental in securing the passage of the Syria and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act last year and in moving resolutions and other legislation this Congress. Tony, a million thanks to you and to all the freedom-loving Lebanese Americans that your group represents.Â
Haddad thanked Engel and Ros-Lehtinen for the pivotal role they have played in the fight of the LebanonÂs liberation. Haddad described them as ÂWashingtonÂs two most valuable pro-Lebanon representatives.Â
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