Hezbollah backed over Shebaa farms

Agreement over occupied land may finally allow Lebanon's cabinet to start work.

    One hundred members of parliament voted
    in support of the statement [AFP]

    Israel and the UN say Shebaa, occupied during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, is Syrian.

    Damascus and Beirut, which never demarcated borders, claim it is Lebanese.

    Hezbollah's weapons

    The policy statement was discussed in five days of parliamentary debate which underlined a wide divide over Hezbollah's arsenal.

    The ruling majority, backed by the West and most Sunni-led Arab states, nevertheless insists on Hezbollah's disarmament, a move Hezbollah and its political allies reject.

    Hezbollah's weapons will be discussed at a later date as part of a "national defence strategy" during a national dialogue to be chaired by Michel Sleiman, Lebanon's president.

    The national dialogue is part of the Qatari-mediated deal that ended Lebanon's political conflict.

    The policy statement also emphasised the government's commitment to a UN Security Council resolution that ended a 34-day war in 2006 between Hezbollah and Israel.

    It also adopted changes to economic policies agreed at an international aid conference held in Paris in 2007.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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