'We have the arms to defend Lebanon'

Senior Hizbullah official: Weapons would never be used in a civil war.

April 16, 2007 12:13
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Hizbullah "has enough weapons to defend Lebanon against Israeli aggression," Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's political advisor Hussein Halil said Monday to the London based Asharq Alawsat newspaper. Halil said that his organization also "firmly opposes the supervision at the Syrian-Lebanese border" (In place as part of UNSC 1701 to prevent arms smuggling). He added that the weapons would never be used in a civil war in Lebanon since Hizbullah firmly opposes it. During the interview, Halil also emphasized that the Hizbullah were willing to put down their arms if a majority of Lebanon's citizens were to demand they do so via a direct referendum. He said that Nasrallah was "willing to conduct a referendum about anything… even about [our] political intentions." The interview follows the UK's The Guardian interview last Wednesday, in which Sheikh Naim Kassem, Hizbullah's deputy secretary general, said that "we are prepared for the possibility of another adventure or the demand of American policy that might push the IDF in that direction."

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