Yusuf Diab wrote in the Middle East newspaper:
The political and logistical preparatory meeting will bring together the leader of the Lebanese Forces, Samir Geagea, the Head of the Maradan Movement, the former Minister, Sleiman Franjeh, and the end of the historic conflict between them. The meetings of the families of the victims of the Franco-Ehden massacre in 1978 were the most significant history of both sides that came to the historic reconciliation.
The positive atmosphere that preceded the meeting of the two maronite leaders is not limited to party and party leadership, but also with their audience that closely follows the outcome of the settlement that will govern their relationship in the future. Al-Marda Movement leader, former MP Karim Al-Rassi, told Asharq Al-Awsat that "the land is ready for a meeting to be convened by Minister Frangieh and Dr. Geagea." He pointed out that "the forthcoming meeting is not the first among them, Bishara al-Ra & # 39; i, followed by constant contact between the frames (forces) and (al-Marda) on several occasions."
The "Ehden murder" (Northern Lebanon) took place on June 13, 1978, when the Franjieh Family Battle Group, during which the Lebanese army fought, was attacked. This massacre was killed by 31 people from the son of Zghart and Marad, Supporter of President-elect Sleiman Franjieh, his political heir and the current leader of the Maradan leader, Suliman Franjieh, and his wife and child, are linked to deep imbalances between the Lebanese Phalange party led by Pierre Gemajel, and party forces led by his son. And the Maradas Flow, led by President Sleiman Frangy and his son, Tony Mns Other
Al-Rassi pointed out that "satisfaction now dominates on both sides and there is no legacy of inherited conflicts," stating that "Franjieh's meeting with the families of the victims was an explanation of the stages the relationship (forces) and (Marda) faced and explained He said: "The process of reconciliation of persuasion was not easy for everyone, and some of them had a reservation and anger." He pointed out that "(Ehden's mass murder) was aimed at Tony Frangy and his family, who was accompanied by others, and therefore, Sulliman Frangy is the biggest sacrificial place for this settlement, and Dr. The Geagea initiative to rehabilitate the victims' families. "
Convergence of the two teams, after the prime minister's intense competition with the leadership of the free patriotic movement led by Jebran Basil, was described by President Michel Aoun as "leader of the presidential race," while Al-Mard leader Karim al-Rassi said that "understanding is not his goal in the next President's battle , Whose goal is to prevent the formation of black history deposits between the two teams and persuade their audience not to return ", indicating that Franjieh was the first to approach Geagea when he was in touch with the last time he left the prison (in 2005), and Geagea's reaction was negative, "Adding it," if reconciliation is useful in the presidential struggle. It is also positive, "emphasizing that" understanding with Franjieh will be stronger and more rigorous, and there is no need for paper secrecy, as was the case (understanding Meerab) ".
Al-Marda, Geagea, is responsible for the massacre of Ehden and confirms that the latter was the commander of the Lebanese military force, a party to the militant group of the party's Phalange who attacked Ehden. Several times Geagea denied it. He indicated that he was seriously injured on the outskirts of the city of Ehden, was transferred to the hospital, was not responsible for the results that caused the attack.
Lebanese forces abandon the allegations that have been sold in this case, but they are careful not to be evaluated so as not to disturb the next reconciliation. The source of "power" to the Middle East is that "the goal that works for all is to turn a painful page from which Christians have lost", pointing out that "contacts in recent weeks and days have been wasting a lot of confusion, culminating at the meeting between Dr. Geage and Suleiman Franjieh soon, "stating that" Franjieh's families of the fallen victims (the massacre of Ehden) express the courage of this man, and his wisdom, working to overcome the painful stage, should remain from the past. "
Former Deputy Salam Karam told Asharq Al-Awsat that "the rapprochement between (forces) and (al-Marada) is happening smoothly, even though slowly or in part." Karam, who was a member of the Al-Marda bloc, said that "this reconciliation is determined by the interests of both parties, and it will set up a presidential alliance and reach Franjieh and Ja's nominees for the presidency." "Among (forces) and (al-Mardu) is an understanding that leads to one of them as the president's election, and therefore we are faced with the differences in the features of the presidential struggle," he said. .
Former MP Salam Karam stressed that "the summit of France, during which the heirs of the victims of the French war (Ehden's massacre) have arrived, aims to convince them of the promise made to them, which is close to the conflict page with (the Lebanese forces) for more than four decades. "Recognizing that" some relatives of the victims refuse to accept ". He said that "this was confirmed by the abandonment of about 40 percent of those who have been loyal to the francs since the recent elections, due to meetings between the leaders of both sides," recognizing that "Christians are a historical disease in the Presidency of the Republic, devastated ".