Fact: Lebanon was labelled an “Arab Country”, just 20 years ago
On September 29, 1989, sixty-three of the seventy-six surviving members of Lebanon’s 1972 Parliament gathered in the city of Ta’ef in Saudi Arabia to reach a settlement to end the civil war at the request of Lakhdar Ibrahimi, envoy of the Arab Follow-Up Committee, set up by the Arab League. The meeting came against the backdrop of an escalating military situation and a power vacuum created by the expiration of Amine Gemayel’s presidency without the election of a successor.
General principles of the Taef agreement
On September 21, 1990, a preamble was added to the Lebanese Constitution, as part of constitutional amendments stipulated in the Taef accord. It most significantly ignited an old debate on the identity of Lebanon stressing that “Lebanon is Arab in belonging and identity. It is an active and founding member of the Arab League and is committed to the league’s charter. It is an active and founding member of the United Nations Organization and is committed to its charters…”
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