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Accusations Against al-Jarrah Move to Judicial, Prosecution Levels

The head of the Higher Lebanese Syrian Council, Nasri Khoury, said he would start contacts with the judiciaries and the prosecutions of the two countries to deal with the Syrian accusations against al-Mustaqbal movement MP Jamal al-Jarrah.

Khoury told As Safir daily in remarks published Monday that President Michel Suleiman informed him during their meeting over the weekend that he should follow-up the issue to “have a clear picture” on the accusations.

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No Cabinet Before Holidays as Discussions Reportedly Focus on Rotation of Key Ministries

Hopes for the formation of a new government before Easter dissipated after Premier-designate Najib Miqati’s circles said that consultations on the cabinet would reach a standstill during the holidays.

While confirming that involved parties are discussing new ideas on how to solve the deadlock, the circles told An Nahar newspaper that contacts are still at their early stages and no final results could be reached soon.

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Geagea Says ‘Tomorrow is Another Day,’ Won’t Hesitate to Shake Hands with Aoun, Franjieh

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has unveiled that he won’t hesitate in shaking hands with his foes Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun and Marada chief Suleiman Franjieh during the meeting of the country’s top Christian officials in Bkirki on Tuesday.

“Tuesday is another day. I will leave everything behind,” Geagea said in an interview with al-Joumhouria newspaper published Monday about his bickering with Aoun and Franjieh.

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Gemayel: Bkirki Meeting to Focus on Hizbullah Arms and Sale of Lands

Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel has unveiled that talks between top Christian officials in Bkirki on Tuesday would upon other things focus on Hizbullah’s arms and stressed that one meeting is not enough to achieve “tangible” results.

In remarks to An Nahar newspaper on Monday, Gemayel said “a single meeting won’t lead to tangible and direct results” but stressed that holding the talks in Bkirki is “very beneficial” to “break the ice” between the bickering officials.

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Eyes Turned to Bkirki Meeting Amid Hopes for Future Deliberations Among Christian Factions

All eyes are turned to a meeting between top Christian leaders that is scheduled to be held in Bkirki on Tuesday amid hopes that the talks would expand to include more Christian officials in the future.

The meeting will be held between Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Michel Aoun, and Marada leader Suleiman Franjieh.

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Suleiman Responds to WikiLeaks Cable: Relation with Hizbullah Based on Cooperation

President Michel Suleiman has warned of the information contained in the latest WikiLeaks cables published by Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar "which largely lack accuracy and credibility and are mainly based on conclusions, curtailment and the citation of a third party," the presidency's press office announced Sunday.

"Some of these leaks are part of a systematic campaign aimed at causing divisions and deepening the rift among citizens and political groups," the press office added in a statement.

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No Progress in Government Formation as March 8 Sources Says Cabinet Won’t be Established Soon

Sources close to Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati revealed that a positive atmosphere is accompanying the government formation process.

They told the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat in remarks published on Sunday: “New ideas were proposed during the meeting held between Speaker Nabih Berri’s advisor MP Ali Hassan Khalil and Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s advisor Hussein Khalil.”

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Hizbullah Presented All it Can to Facilitate Government Formation, Including Advocating Miqati’s Support to STL

Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah helped facilitate Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati’s mission to form a new government by refraining from setting any conditions on the process, revealed Hizbullah circles to the Kuwaiti al-Rai on Sunday.

They explained that Nasrallah had informed Miqati in their last meeting that he is free to support and even finance the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and choose whichever ministerial portfolios he wants to grant the party.

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Jumblat Tries to Mend Bridges with March 14 Camp by Dining with Saniora

The daily An Nahar revealed on Sunday that Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat and the head of the Mustaqbal bloc Fouad Saniora met over dinner at a mutual friend’s house a few says ago.

It added that members of Jumblat’s National Struggle Front were also present.

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Al-Rahi Returns from Rome, Calls for Speeding up Government Formation

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi returned to Lebanon from Italy on Saturday where he met with Pope Benedict XVI.

He stated from the airport upon his return: “The country can no longer endure the paralysis of its institutions.”

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