Lebanon's factions meet for talks in France

By
July 14, 2007 09:27

Lebanon's rival parties, their nation in political deadlock and facing violence on its northern and southern flanks, are meeting outside Paris on Saturday for unusual, long-awaited talks. Hopes are not high for a breakthrough at the meeting, organized by the French Foreign Ministry. Members of the country's 14 leading parties - including Hizbullah and its allies - will gather in the chateau at Celle Saint-Cloud, southwest of Paris, on Saturday and Sunday behind closed doors, with no set agenda. Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and a few other French officials will be there, too, but as observers, not mediators. It is the first time the 14 parties are meeting since a national dialogue conference in November that failed to resolve the tensions. Since then the country's worst political crisis since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war has deepened.


Related Content

February 20, 2018
UN issues blank statement on Syria, says it has run out of words

By REUTERS

Israel Weather
  • 9 - 19
    Beer Sheva
    11 - 18
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 8 - 16
    Jerusalem
    12 - 18
    Haifa
  • 12 - 25
    Elat
    12 - 22
    Tiberias