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May 2, 2005
Question Taken at the May 2, 2005 Daily Press Briefing

U.S.-France Joint Statement on Lebanon (Taken Question)

Question:  Today’s U.S.-France joint statement on Lebanon says, "We welcome the formation of a new Lebanese government which has pledged to hold free and fair democratic elections…using a electoral/balloting method accepted by all parties." Is there a dispute over the balloting system to be used? What would we like to see happen?

Answer:   Our focus remains on free and fair parliamentary elections beginning on May 29, regardless of which electoral law is used, as long as it meets international standards of fairness. The people of Lebanon must be allowed to determine their own future, free of intimidation and all foreign interference. The Lebanese people deserve a government capable of leading them forward and ensuring their future security, stability, freedom, and economic prosperity.

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Released on May 3, 2005

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