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Head of Security Council: Lebanese Govt. Should Respect International Commitments

The President of the United Nations Security Council for the month of July, Peter Wittig, stressed the importance of Lebanon respecting its international commitments.

He told the daily An Nahar in remarks published on Sunday that the government of Prime Minister Najib Miqati should adhere to international agreements.

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Mustaqbal: Security and Political Follow-up Needed to Transforming Tripoli into Weapons-Free City

Mustaqbal bloc MP Samir al-Jisr stated that President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Miqati were receptive and understanding of Tripoli MPs’ request that the city be removed of its weapons.

He told the daily An Nahar in remarks published on Sunday: “A political and security agreement must be reached to follow up on this matter.”

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Lebanese Authorities Reportedly Handed Indictment as Lebanese Judges Head to The Hague

Concerned Lebanese authorities have reportedly been handed the indictment in the investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri ahead of its announcement, revealed opposition circles to the daily An Nahar Sunday.

The authorities do receive the indictment before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon makes the announcement to the public, said the daily.

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Suleiman-Aoun Rapprochement Paves Way for Alliance ahead of 2013 Elections

Opposition sources criticized the ongoing rapprochement between President Michel Suleiman and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, saying that it is aimed at paving the way for an alliance between the two sides ahead of the 2013 parliamentary elections.

They told the Kuwaiti al-Anbaa newspaper in remarks published on Sunday that Suleiman chose an inappropriate time for this rapprochement given the MP’s recent hostile remarks against the opposition and March 14 camp.

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Miqati, Berri Cooperating to Settle STL Clause that Won’t ‘Provoke’ International Community

Prime Minister Najib Miqati and Speaker Nabih Berri are likely to reach an appropriate phrasing of the clause on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the government policy statement that would not “antagonize” the international community, a ministerial sources told the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat in remarks published on Sunday.

It added that Hizbullah would be able to “bear such a phrasing” until February 2012 when the cooperation agreement between Lebanon and the STL expires, which the new government will likely not renew.

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Pope Congratulates al-Rahi on Formation of New Cabinet

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday congratulated Lebanon on the formation of Premier Najib Miqati’s cabinet and expressed hope that all the countries in the region would live in peace.

Benedict told Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi that he hoped the government would “succeed since Lebanon is facing great challenges whether due to the local economic crisis” or regional events.

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Report: New Sergeants Give up Badges Day after Being Promoted by Rifi

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel reportedly froze a decision by Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi to promote more than 400 officers.

Al-Akhbar daily said Saturday that Charbel ordered a freeze on the promotion of the 400 policemen to sergeants.

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Nomination of Kheireddine as State Minister Faces Obstacles

The nomination of Marwan Kheireddine to replace Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan in the cabinet is facing obstacles after some parties objected the nomination unless Kheireddine vows not to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat reported on Saturday that Kheireddine’s uncle MP Anwar Khalil, who is a Free Patriotic Movement ally, objects naming him as state minister unless he guarantees not to announce his candidacy for the Druze seat in Hasbaya-Marjayoun in the next parliamentary elections.

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Le Figaro: Hizbullah Moving Arsenal from Syria to Lebanon

Hizbullah is moving its arsenal from Syria over fears that the anti-Assad demonstrations would lead to regime change, a Western expert closely following up Iranian-Syrian ties told the French daily Le Figaro on Saturday.

The expert confirmed that Western intelligence had monitored the movement of trucks from the Syrian border to eastern Lebanon’s Bekaa valley.

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Conflicting Reports on Hariri’s Return, Former PM Rejects Vague Wording on STL Clause

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri hasn’t decided yet to return to Beirut over security fears, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Saturday.

“The ex-PM’s return to Lebanon is connected to security issues,” sources told the newspaper.

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