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(2004), reaffirmed its call for the strict respect of Lebanon's sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and political independence under the sole and exclusive authority of the Government of Lebanon;
Whereas there remains unresolved and as a matter of na
tional and world concern the assassination of Rafiq alHariri, former Lebanese prime minister, which has justly been condemned as a terrorist act;
Whereas the international community has begun investiga
tions into the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri and it is the policy of the United States to urge full cooperation with the investigations;
Whereas the international community is considering further
action to promote Lebanese sovereignty;
Whereas the emancipation of political prisoners and detainees
held in Syrian and Lebanese prisons is a precondition for national reconciliation and a rebuilding of Lebanon's democratic institutions; and
Whereas general elections in Lebanon are scheduled to begin
on May 29, 2005: Now, therefore, be it
Strike all after the resolving clause and insert
1 That it is the sense of the House of Representatives
(1) Syria should complete its withdrawal of all
remaining intelligence and security forces from the Lebanese Republic in accordance with United Na
tions Security Council Resolution 1559 (2004);
(3) Lebanon should hold free, fair, and trans
parent elections to begin on May 29, 2005, in ac
cordance with all international standards and agree
(4) the United States should aid the people of
Lebanon in their efforts to restore the separation of
powers, the rule of law, and a proper respect for
fundamental freedoms of every citizen; and
(5) it should be the policy of the United States
(A) support free and fair elections in Leb
(C) call for the immediate release of all po
litical prisoners and detainees held in Lebanese
and Syrian prisons.
Amend the title so as to read: “Resolution rec
ognizing the courageous efforts of the people of Leb
anon to restore their independence and urging the withdrawal of all Syrian forces from Lebanon, the
support for free and fair democratic elections in
Lebanon, and the development of democratic institu
tions and safeguards to foster sovereign democratic
rule in Lebanon.”.
AMENDMENT TO H. CON. RES. 149
OFFERED BY M
In the first clause of the preamble, strike "on May
14, 1948," and insert “in May 1948”.
In the 12th clause of the preamble, add “and” at
the end after the semicolon.
In the 13th clause of the preamble, strike“; and” and insert“: Now, therefore, be it”.
Strike the 14th clause of the preamble.