Lebanese government won't ask Hizbullah to disarm

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 8, 2010 17:54

 
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BEIRUT — Lebanon's president says the government cannot ask Hizbullah to give up its weapons at a time of heightened tension with Israel.

A UN deal to end the Second Lebanon War required Hizbullah to disarm, but Lebanon's politicians have been unable to agree on a national defense strategy that would integrate the group's weapons into the regular armed forces.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said Saturday that Lebanon "cannot and must not" tell Hizbullah to disarm before reaching a deal on a defense strategy that would also address any future Israeli attacks.

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