'Syrian PM dismisses ME peace'

Report: Al-Otari says conflict with Israel will always exist.

August 14, 2010 15:49
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'Syrian PM dismisses ME peace'

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Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Otari dismissed the chances of peace ever being achieved in the Middle East in an interview with Syrian media.

"The conflict with Israel will always exist," said Otri in a report cited by the online website of Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar on Friday.

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He also praised the conduct of the Lebanese Armed Forces in the border exchange that left one IDF soldier, three Lebanese soldiers and one Lebanese journalist dead.

Otri went on to call Lebanon a military liability for the Syrian state. "Lebanon is the weak flank in Syria's back," he said. Al-Otari noted that despite its previous troop withdrawl, "Syria has returned to Lebanon stronger than before."

Al-Otari also added that Israel's main aim was to eliminate any resistance movement in order maintain control over the entire region.

He also discussed the investigation of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's murder and noted that Syria had been blamed for the assassination for the past five years.

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