Arab League Chief Mussa starts fresh talks in Beirut

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Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa was on Sunday in Beirut for talks in a fresh bid to try to solve Lebanon’s prolonged presidential crisis.

25/02/08

Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa was on Sunday in Beirut for talks in a fresh bid to try to solve Lebanon’s prolonged presidential crisis.

“Will pick up talks with the Lebanese sides where we left off,” Mussa said on arrival, pointing to the difficulties in finding a settlement to the crisis.

Mussa met with Lebanese House Speaker Nabih Berri and was due also to hold talks with Lebanese Premier Fouad Seniora and the head of the ruling majority Saad Hariri.

The Arab League official is trying to gain support for an Arab three-point plan that calls for the election of Army Chief General Michel Suleiman as consensus president, the formation of a national unity government in which no single party has veto power, and a new electoral law.

Despite agreement on Suleiman as a replacement for Emile Lahoud, the western-backed majority and the pro-Syrian opposition have failed to agree on power-sharing in a future government.

Arab analysts and recent media reports have suggested that Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries may boycott the scheduled Damascus Arab summit or send low-level delegates, if a solution is not reached in the Lebanese crisis.

Syria, backs Lebanon’s opposition which is headed by the Lebanese Shiite Movement, Hezbollah.

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