'State of the Union!'
"... "Facts on the ground in Syria prove that no solution to the crisis will arrive soon, and we should no longer wait for results there," said a Hezbollah source.Both Hezbollah and Future Movement sources say the power vacuum brought on by Mikati's resignation two weeks ago, made moves for dialogue expedient.
The Hezbollah-led March 8 and Future Movement-led March 14 coalition have been embroiled in a crippling stalemate since the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. The deadlock has toppled three governments and occasionally devolved into nation-wide violence.
"The time still isn't ripe [for dialogue]," said a Future Movement source, cautioning that elements pushing for dialogue have not succeeded in making the move a formal stance. "But Mikati's resignation may have helped ease tensions between us."
Talks would have to mediated by Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, a Hezbollah ally viewed as friendly to both camps, the Future Movement source said. Berri has already said he would accept such a role.
Lebanese leaders are currently in heated negotiations over naming Lebanon's next prime minister. Prolonged negotiations would delay parliamentary elections, scheduled to be held in June, pushing the country into deeper crisis..."