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Geagea: Berri Only Politician Who Took My Defense Strategy Proposal Seriously

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has expressed frustration over President Michel Suleiman's alleged negligence of his defense strategy proposal during the last national dialogue session.

"Speaker Nabih Berri is the only official who expressed interest because he is open to all suggestions and possibilities at all times," Geagea told CNN in an interview.

The LF leader hoped Berri would convince Hizbullah about the seriousness of his suggestion, which according to Geagea has no alternative.

Asked about Suleiman's reaction, Geagea said: "Unfortunately I didn't feel that he acted with enough seriousness … This is the first time a proposal that includes all point of views is made."

"It is not possible for two authorities to take charge of the defense against Lebanon," he told CNN. Geagea also stressed that "Hizbullah can't confiscate the decision of defending Lebanon since it is not a legitimate authority."

About the indictment that will be filed by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the case of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri, the LF leader said: "The decision can't be anticipated."

"There is no excuse for the current political bickering over the indictment. All what is being said are rumors," Geagea added.


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