Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Michel Aoun: "Saudi & Syria fail to reach Lebanon deal"

"The two countries, who traditionally back rival camps in Lebanon, have worked since July to calm a dispute over the U.N.-backed tribunal investigating Hariri's killing which has paralyzed Lebanon's government and revived fears of sectarian conflict. Aoun, a political ally of the Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah, said the Saudi and Syrian initiative "has ended without a result," blaming supporters of Sunni Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri -- son of the slain leader -- for the impasse.... "Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's team has not responded to the (Saudi and Syrian) efforts and we have reached a dead end," Aoun told a televised news conference. Aoun said a delegation of ministers from Hezbollah and its allies were meeting President Michel Suleiman to discuss finding "another way out of the crisis." He also called for a meeting of opposition ministers later on Tuesday to discuss the stalemate..."

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