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UPDATED: 10:10, June 08, 2006
Lebanese politicians to resume national dialogue
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Leading Lebanese politicians are due to resume their national dialogue on Thursday to debate a defense strategy against Israel submitted by Hezbollah, or Party of God.

Hezbollah has been insisting that armed resistance is the only feasible strategy for defending Lebanon against future and current Israeli threats and violations, which is echoed by other pro- Syrian groups.

Out of the consideration, the Pro-Syrian groups led by Hezbollah rejected domestic and international proposals to disarm the militant group or integrate its guerrillas into the ranks of the regular army.

However, the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority led by Future Movement's leader Saad Hariri and Druze's leader Walid Jumblatt, insisted that Hezbollah should be disarmed once the Israeli- occupied Shebaa Farms border area is liberated.

Thursday's dialogue will be the eighth round of the dialogue, which comes amid mounted tensions both internal and external, especially the cross-border clashes between Hezbollah and Israel on May 28 and the street demonstrations by Hezbollah supporters over a comedy show mocking the group's leader on June 1.

Previous sessions have debated the fate of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, strains in Lebanese-Syrian relations, the investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri and UN Security Council Resolution 1559 demanding disarmament of all militias.

Participants of the dialogue have agreed in previous sessions to establish an international court to try suspects in Hariri's killing, dismantle Palestinian militant bases outside refugee camps within a six-month period, which has not started yet, and normalize relations with Syria.

It was reported that soon after Thursday dialogue, a crucial UN report on Hariri assassination will be released.

The new UN report is expected to reveal new evidences linking the murder to the string of explosions that rocked Lebanon last year.

Source: Xinhua


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