Berri Says Lebanon to Disavow from Arab Decision on Syria

Speaker Nabih Berri said that Lebanon is committed to disavow itself from any decision taken by the Arab Foreign Ministers in Cairo on Saturday over the Syrian turmoil.

“Lebanon supports implementing reforms (in Syria), the regime has to implement them and must be given the chance to do so to evade any negative repercussions,” Berri told As Safir newspaper on Friday.

The Arab League called for an emergency ministerial meeting on Saturday because of "the continuation of violence and because the Syrian government did not implement its commitments in the Arab plan to resolve the Syrian crisis."

The Arab roadmap called for an end to violence in Syria, the release of those detained, the withdrawal of the army from urban areas and free movement for observers and the media, as well as talks between the regime and opposition.

Concerning the resumption of the national dialogue between Lebanese foes, the speaker said that President Michel Suleiman insists on reviving the all-party talks.

He revealed that Suleiman will continue his contacts and consultations with the Lebanese parties to move forward with the matter.

Berri has continuously urged officials to resume the national dialogue between the Lebanese parties to safeguard Lebanon amid the turmoil in the region.

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