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Geagea Regrets Turning Politics into Clashes over Illegal Arms

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea expressed regret at turning politics in Lebanon into clashes over illegal arms in Beirut, a statement issued by his press office said Thursday.

Geagea "regrets turning politics in Lebanon into continued political confrontations over illegal arms in Beirut streets or other areas rather than getting occupied with the people's social, economic and living problems," the statement said.

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Shehayyeb: Our Demand of Disarmament Cannot be Solved Except through Politics

Minister of the Displaced Akram Shehayyeb stressed Thursday that all political powers are demanding that Beirut become arms-free.

He said: "This is an historic issue that cannot be solved except through politics."

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Jumblat: Borj Abi Haidar More Dangerous than Any External War

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat said the slogan of arms-free Beirut was meaningless and warned that the Borj Abi Haidar clashes were more dangerous than any external war.

In remarks to As Safir newspaper on Thursday, Jumblat said the deadly street battles between Hizbullah and al-Ahbash gunmen last week came in reaction to the tripartite summit held at Baabda between President Michel Suleiman, Saudi King Abdullah and Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

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Assad: Let No One Dare Touch the Resistance

Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned that Hizbullah's rifle was directed at Israel, saying no one should dare touch the resistance and its arms, al-Akhbar daily reported Thursday.

The newspaper also quoted Assad as calling for restraint in Lebanon and unification of weapons to confront Israel.

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Loyalty to Resistance: The Unrealistic Slogans about Beirut are Provocative and are Igniting Chaos

The Loyalty to the Resistance bloc criticized on Wednesday calls for Beirut to become an arms-free city.

It said after its weekly meeting: "The unrealistic slogans about Beirut do not reflect the spirit of understanding that the government had maintained in its ministerial statement."

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Geagea: Berri Only Politician Who Took My Defense Strategy Proposal Seriously

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has expressed frustration over President Michel Suleiman's alleged negligence of his defense strategy proposal during the last national dialogue session.

"Speaker Nabih Berri is the only official who expressed interest because he is open to all suggestions and possibilities at all times," Geagea told CNN in an interview.

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March 14: Bellemare's Latest Stand Indication of Failure of Intimidation Campaigns

The March 14 General Directorate praised on Wednesday Special Tribunal for Lebanon Prosecutor Daniel Bellemare for his "strong professionalism" in the investigation in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

It said in a statement after its weekly meeting: "His latest stands are "an indication of the failure of intimidation campaigns that are aimed at targeting the STL and its credibility, and the impossibility of influencing the independent investigation."

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Jumblat: The Enemy Seeks to Create Strife and Target Security and Stability in Lebanon

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat stated Tuesday that Israel seeks to create internal strife between Sunnis and Shiites in Lebanon, as well as target the country's security and stability.

The MP made his stand during a visit to the Iranian embassy in Lebanon where he met with Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Abadi.

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Security Council Extends UNIFIL Mandate, Condemns Tensions, Urges Israel to Pull Out of Ghajar

The Security Council on Monday issued a new condemnation of tensions along the Lebanon-Israel border as it renewed the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon without changes to its rules of engagement.

In a unanimous resolution, the Council said it had determined that "the situation in Lebanon continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security" and had therefore decided to extend UNIFIL's mandate until 31 August 2011.

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Qabbani Inspects Burnt Basta Mosque: Endangering Citizens' Security a Great Crime

Lebanon's Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani on Friday inspected Basta Mosque that was set ablaze by militants in Tuesday's bloody gunbattles and called for holding negligent officials accountable.

Qabbani said Dar el-Fatwa will take charge of renovating and rehabilitating the mosque with help from Makkased Association.

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