Lebanese MP criticizes agreement with U.S.

14:19, March 31, 2010      

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Lebanese member of parliament Hassan Fadlallah criticized Tuesday an agreement between Lebanon and the United States, urging the government to take a firm stance against it.

"We all know that U.S. and Israel categorize the Resistance ( referring to Hezbollah) as a terrorist organization," local news site Now Lebanon quoted Fadlallah as saying during a press conference at the Parliament House in downtown Beirut.

He said that the agreement to a certain extent accepts such a categorization, calling on the Lebanese government to take a firm stance with regard to the dangerous classification.

"If the agreement violates the Lebanese law or constitution, official institutions should deal with it," said Fadlallah, adding that "if kept, the accord would remain a source of controversy."

Fadlallah is a member of the parliamentary bloc of the Shiite armed group Hezbollah, which is considered by the United States as a terrorist organization, and is the only Lebanese faction which keeps its heavy arms, under the pretext of resisting Israel.

Local daily As-Safir reported last month that under an agreement, the U.S. embassy in Lebanon requested the Lebanese government for information from the forensic investigation chief in the Internal Security Forces (ISF) on communications in Lebanon, including Lebanese cellular network stations and their locations.

On the same day, the Lebanese Interior Ministry issued a statement, saying that it only transferred the U.S. demand to the Telecommunications Ministry, which rejected the request.

The U.S. embassy said it has seen the report but has made no statement about the issue so far.

Source: Xinhua
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