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March 14: Defense of Justice and Battle against Hizbullah’s Arms Will Be Long

Sources present at the March 14 General Secretariat’s extraordinary meeting on Saturday revealed to the daily An Nahar in remarks on Sunday that the talks addressed several ways to develop work mechanisms and widen the political and popular participation on the basis that “the defense of justice and the battle against Hizbullah’s arms will be long.”

The gatherers also agreed to continue their talks during the general secretariat’s weekly meeting on Wednesday.

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Hizbullah Accuses March 14 of Implementing Israeli Demands: Its Current Goals Seek to Thwart Miqati’s Mission

Hizbullah sources accused the March 14 forces, headed by Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri, of “openly implementing Israeli demands.”

They told the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat in remarks published on Sunday: “We have known from the start that Hariri and his political team did not support the concept of resistance, but they had to accommodate for us in the past due to the reality on the ground.”

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Saniora after Meeting Hoss: STL Not Aimed at Revenge, Raad’s Statements are Political but under Legal Guise

Former Prime Minister Fouad Saniora stressed on Saturday that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is not seeking revenge or political gains, but it is aimed at achieving the Lebanese’ interest.

He said after holding talks with former premier Salim al-Hoss: “Claims that it is politicized are baseless.”

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Qaouq: Bellemare’s Requests Consolidate Divisions Among Lebanese

Hizbullah official in the south Sheikh Nabil Qaouq has said that Special Tribunal for Lebanon Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare’s requests for data and information on the Lebanese consolidate divisions in the country.

Qaouq said the objectives of Bellemare and the U.S. won’t be achieved after a change in the parliamentary majority that is now led by Hizbullah.

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Geagea Urges Wide Participation in March 13 Rally: We Introduced Concept of Resistance

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea lashed out at his critics and said the March 14 forces were the first to introduce the concept of resistance to Lebanon.

“To those who claim we are against the choice of resistance, I say: We originally introduced the concept of resistance to Lebanon,” Geagea told LF officials in Keserouan-Ftouh.

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March 14 Leaders to Visit King Abdullah

A March 14 delegation is expected to visit Riyadh soon to meet with Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri there and congratulate King Abdullah on his safe return home.

Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel, former Premier Fouad Saniora and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea are among the delegation members, An Nahar daily said Saturday.

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Syrian Embassy Denies Salah al-Hajj Kidnapped Syrian Citizen in Beirut

The Syrian embassy has denied a report that Lieutenant Salah al-Hajj, son of former Internal Security Forces chief Ali al-Hajj, had kidnapped Syrian citizen Jassem Merhi al-Jassem in Lebanon.

The denial was published in An Nahar daily on Saturday which a day earlier said that the Syrian opposition in Paris accused Lt. Hajj of kidnapping al-Jassem and detaining him in an unidentified location.

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March 14: Raad’s Statement Restricts Miqati’s Freedom of Movement

The March 14 coalition snapped back at Hizbullah MP Mohammed Raad saying his statement “restricts the freedom of movement of Premier-designate” Najib Miqati.

“Do the March 8 forces want the Miqati government to be really formed or they prefer to keep the status quo?” a March 14 official asked.

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Officials: No Need for U.N. Action Under Chapter 7

Officials who have met with U.N. diplomats told An Nahar daily in remarks published Saturday that the Security Council is not mulling any action against Lebanon under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter.

Two senior March 14 coalition officials also said there was no need to resort to Chapter 7 because the provisions of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon would eventually be implemented without the use of force.

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STL Annual Report: Investigations Didn't End with Indictment Filing

The President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Judge Antonio Cassese, has published the second STL Annual Report, "which outlines the successes of the past year as well as the challenges that the Tribunal has faced," STL's press office announced Friday.

"This has been a momentous year for the STL", said Cassese. "The submission of the first indictment by the Prosecutor (Daniel Bellemare) to the Pre-Trial Judge (Daniel Fransen) was highly significant and it marked the start of the judicial phase of the STL's life."

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