Lebanese minister: Hizbullah keeping crisis alive

December 16, 2006 17:53


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An anti-Syrian Cabinet minister accused Hizbullah Saturday of trying to scuttle a deal brokered by the Arab League to resolve Lebanon's deepening political crisis. Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh lashed out at the Shiite Muslim group as it threatened to gradually escalate its protests aimed at bringing down the government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. Hizbullah and its allies have demanded a veto-wielding share in a new Cabinet. Their supporters have held sit-ins and street protests in Beirut, the Lebanese capital, since Dec. 1, in a bid to force Saniora to resign. "Of course, there is a chance for an agreement if the parties move toward a compromise," Hamadeh told The Associated Press. "But apparently Hizbullah is setting conditions that are still far from what (Arab League chief) Amr Moussa has proposed to solve the crisis."

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