Progressive Socialist Party media official Rami Rayyes stated on Friday that party leader MP Walid Jumblat is “completely aware of the dangers on the internal scene” in Lebanon and that political forces have no choice but to return to dialogue.
He told the Central News Agency that the political forces in Lebanon must present some concessions towards resolving the country’s political crisis “in hope of reaching an agreement that appeases all sides regarding the false witnesses.”Full Story
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Herman von Hebel to the post of Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
Von Hebel, is a Dutch national with decades of experience in international law at three tribunals including the STL, as well as for the Government of the Netherlands.Full Story
Loyalty to the Resistance MP Hasan Fadlallah stated on Friday that the indictment’s real purpose is to “tarnish the Resistance’s image”.
“They want to damage its image after they realized that the Islamic resistance in Lebanon has become all the hope for all the Arabs and Muslims in the world,” he said.Full Story
Labor Minister Butros Harb on Friday suggested the Syrian judiciary to refer the file of a lawsuit filed by Maj. Gen. Jamil Sayyed against Lebanese politicians and other figures to the Lebanese judiciary to prosecute them if they were found guilty.
After the release of the indictment by the Lebanese judge, the file would be referred to cabinet to have the final say, Harb said.Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement official Fayez Karam has reportedly confessed to meeting with Israeli officials in Paris and to providing Israel with Aoun-Hizbullah meetings.
While pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat cited well-informed sources as saying that Karam maintained contact with Israeli officers via telephone after his return to Lebanon, Asharq al-Awsat said the retired army general had been providing Israel with outcome of Aoun's meetings with Hizbullah.Full Story
Mustaqbal Movement official Mustafa Alloush on Friday said there is a tendency toward "cutting down threats" and wait for indictments to be issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
"There is a tendency to cut down threats that prevailed over the past several months and wait for issuance of the indictment," Alloush told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.Full Story
Unknown assailants tossed two Molotov bombs early Friday in Dekwaneh and Borj Hammoud, inflicting material damage.
Local media said the first bomb targeted a shoe factory in Dekwaneh, shattering the show window.Full Story
A Syrian-Saudi initiative aimed at finding a solution to the Lebanese crisis waits for a signal from Saudi King Abdullah, As-Safir newspaper reported Friday.
It cited a source who followed up on a visit to Paris by Syrian President Bashar Assad.Full Story
Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar on Friday said the solution to false witnesses is to allow the ordinary Lebanese judicial authority to deal with the issue.
"Had the judicial power launch an investigation we would have achieved a major breakthrough by now," Najjar told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.Full Story
Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Alexander Sultanov is to visit Lebanon on Saturday for political talks with Lebanese officials, Ad-Diyar newspaper reported.
It quoted a source at the Russian embassy as saying that Sultanov will meet with President Michel Suleiman, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri.Full Story