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UPDATED: 11:05, February 05, 2007
Arab League chief to visit Lebanon soon for mediation: gov't source
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Arab League chief Amr Moussa was expected to go back to Lebanon soon to continue his mediation between the government and the Hezbollah-led opposition to end the country's current internal crisis, a government source told Xinhua on Sunday.

Local reports said Director of Moussa's office Hisham Youssef would visit Beirut on Monday in preparation for Moussa's trip.

Youssef was scheduled to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, National Assembly President Nabih Berri and representatives of Hezbollah respectively.

Also on Sunday, Saniora's office said in a statement that the prime minister talked with Moussa on phone on the recent development of the situation in Lebanon.

Moussa failed to make any progress during his two visits to Beirut last December as both sides refused to make concessions.

Lebanon was immersed in a political civil strife after the summer war between the Hezbollah guerrillas and Israel. Hezbollah has accused the Saniora government of inaction to stop the Israeli invasion.

The crisis gained strength two months ago when six ministers loyal to Hezbollah and its allies quit Saniora's Cabinet to push for a demand for a Shiite veto over government decisions.

Starting from Dec. 1, oppositions staged two months of demonstrations and sit-ins in a bid to oust the current government.

In January, conflicts between backers of the opposition and supporters of the government left several dead and hundreds injured. The deadly riots raised the specter of a renewal of Lebanon's 1975-90 sectarian civil war.

Source: Xinhua


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