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Aoun: Hariri Waging a Losing Battle

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun criticized the March 14 rally held on Sunday saying that the movement will be short lived and that its slogans against the resistance’s arms “lack longevity”.

He told As Safir in remarks published on Tuesday: “No matter what caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri does, he will realize that he won’t achieve anything because he is waging a losing battle.”

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Gafo: We Expect the Formation of a Cabinet Soon

Spanish Ambassador Juan Carlos Gafo expected the Lebanese government to be formed soon and stressed his country’s support for the course of justice in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s assassination case.

In remarks to An Nahar daily published Tuesday, Gafo said that Premier-designate Najib Miqati told him that the cabinet would be formed a few days after the rally at Martyrs Square on March 13.

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Optimism Fades as Cabinet Formation Still Awaits Deal on Fate of Interior Ministry Portfolio

The optimism about the possibility of forming the government this week began fading after media reports said that Lebanese leaders haven’t yet reached an agreement on the distribution of portfolios.

“The most complex obstacle impeding the formation of the cabinet until now is the interior ministry portfolio which requires further consultations and contacts,” a source following Premier-designate Najib Miqati’s efforts to form the government told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat in remarks published Tuesday.

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March 14 Sources: Next Step after Sunday Rally is to Form National Council

The main objective of the March 14 coalition after Sunday’s rally was to establish a National Council and consolidate its parliamentary bloc, the alliance’s sources told An Nahar daily in remarks published Tuesday.

According to the sources, the current objective is: “Accomplishing what they (March 14) had vowed in the Bristol document, forming a National Council that expresses the diversity (of the coalition), in addition to finding ways for the civil society … to function.”

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Nawaf Salam Says he’s Pessimistic but Vows to Protect Libya’s Civilians

Lebanon's U.N. Ambassador Nawaf Salam, who called for a Security Council meeting on imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, vowed to protect civilians in the country “as swiftly as possible.”

Lebanon is the only Arab nation on the 15-member council.

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Paris: Lebanon to Try Swaying Opponents of Libya No-Fly Zone

The U.N. Security Council on Monday held talks on Libya, as France said it hoped that Arab League support for a no-fly zone would be a "game-changer" in securing international action.

As he entered the talks, French envoy to the Security Council Gerard Araud said Lebanon -- as the current Arab representative on the Security Council -- would also be working to sway opponents of a no-fly zone, led by China and Russia.

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Phalange Party: Renewal of Cedar Revolution Message to its Leader to End Concessions

The Phalange Party politburo praised on Monday the Lebanese who participated in the March 13 rally, noting that the renewal of the Cedar Revolution “is a message to all concerned sides and the March 14 leadership of the need to return to the essence of its cause and end concessions no matter how great the pressures.”

The party said in a statement after its weekly meeting that the people’s renewed commitment to the revolution should be met with the same commitment by the March 14 camp leaders to fulfill pledges.

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Jumblat Meets Hizbullah Delegation, Urges Hariri to Prevent Strife

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Monday noted that "forming the new cabinet is the best way to confront social and economic challenges" in the country.

After talks with a high-ranking Hizbullah delegation at his residence in the Beirut neighborhood of Clemenceau, Jumblat added: "I'm surprised that some are speaking of impossibilities as the Shebaa Farms are still occupied (by Israel), as well as the Kfarshouba Hills and the Ghajar village."

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Lebanon Files Complaint to U.N. over Israeli Violation of Regional Waters

Lebanon filed a complaint on Monday to the United Nations Security Council over an Israeli violation of its regional waters on February 2, 2011.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that on February 2, an Israeli warship briefly entered Lebanon's regional waters at al-Naqoura before returning to the Palestinian regional waters where it opened machine gun fire towards the Lebanese waters.

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Geagea Hopes Miqati Would Pay Attention to More than Half of Lebanese: Suleiman is Listening

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea thanked on Monday all those who participated in the March 13 rally, calling on President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati to take into consideration the views of more than half of the Lebanese who participated in the demonstration.

He criticized during a press conference after meeting with Deputy Speaker Farid Makari and MP Farid Habib “attempts by the other camp to belittle yesterday’s events.”

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