The army has allowed 400 families to return to a part of the Nahr el-Bared camp.
“I hope the Lebanese will be united and will not make Lebanon, their homeland, another battleground”
Brutus, Lahore, Pakistan
The elections are seen as vital to resolving an 11-month-old crisis that has pitted the anti-Syrian ruling majority against the pro-Syrian opposition.
Against this backdrop of uncertainty, the foreign ministers of France, Italy and Spain met on Saturday the country’s political leaders in an effort to break the long-running deadlock.
Bernard Kouchner, Massimo D’Alema and Miguel Angel Moratinos met Fouad Siniora, the prime minister, and Berri.
They also met Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, the leader of the Maronite Christian community, besides various other figures.
Kouchner said: “This evening we met the political leaders of all the major parties to which we repeated the message that we didn’t come here to discuss names.
“We would like to see a consensus candidate or the name of one or more candidates submitted to parliament.”
The ministers also visited their respective UN peacekeeping contingents in south Lebanon, which are part of a Unifil force expanded last year as part of a UN Security Council resolution.
Unifil has been a target of attacks, one of which killed six Spanish troops in June.
D’Alema referred to the attacks, saying no one should even think of carrying them out.
“If there are some terrorists who are thinking of this, then they are wrong … We rule out the possibility of any terrorist act and no one should think that the international forces will leave Lebanon.”