Arslan Warns of Syrian Turmoil Spilling over into Lebanon, Urges Officials to Safeguard Country

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Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan warned on Saturday from the negative impacts of the developments in Syria on the local situation, calling on officials to abide by the disassociation policy that was adopted by the government.

“We are not abiding by the disassociation policy... Our border (with Syria) isn't under the state's control and the arms are being smuggled into Syria,” Arslan told reporters in a press conference.

He pointed out that the Lebanese can't affect the situation in Syria but the “developments in the neighboring country could have a strong impact on us,” the Druze leader said.

Lebanese parties are sharply divided over the crisis in Syria as the March 8 alliance continuously expresses its support to Syrian president Bashar Assad, while the March 14 camp voices its support for the popular revolt.

The international community and analysts have expressed fears that the conflict in Syria may spill over into the Lebanon.

Concerning the political crisis in the country that reached a standstill, Arslan said that the problem is in the “deficient system... We are all responsible for the local situation and the country's security.”

He stressed that he doesn't oppose a government change, pointing out that the rival parties have to hold talks to agree on the formation of a new cabinet, warning of a political void.

The assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan on October 19 deepened the gap between the March 14 and the March 8 coalitions.

The opposition is demanding the cabinet of Prime Minister Najib Miqati to step down before engaging in any political activity.

Comments 7
Missing peace 22 December 2012, 14:17

"Our border (with Syria) isn't under the state's control and the arms are being smuggled into Syria,”

it goes both ways, why don t you underline that too, little syrian puppet?

“developments in the neighboring country could have a strong impact on us,”
that he loses his syrian support! he seems afraid to lose his privileges it seems.

Thumb benzona 22 December 2012, 15:32

Because he's a puppet

Thumb shab 22 December 2012, 15:56

wow he's clever

Thumb geha 22 December 2012, 16:47

m8 are afraid of the after assad.
they know the balance of military power will change dramatically when the FSA is in power. all their plans to take over Lebanon militarily will not work :)

Thumb geha 22 December 2012, 16:47

m8 are afraid of the after assad.
they know the balance of military power will change dramatically when the FSA is in power. all their plans to take over Lebanon militarily will not work :)

Missing peace 22 December 2012, 21:15

"people like you chronically need a hand to kiss, just being very polite Sir."

well put! bravo!

Thumb whyaskwhy 23 December 2012, 06:41

another failure in leadership in Lebanon...now where else could a person with his background and virtue be a leader and who would have association with him but Clown and his circus!
Bring on bozo too we have not heard of Wahab in a while? Yuqrum es3adeenu wienu?