Arab League chief reports progress in Lebanon

Arab League chief Amr Moussa reported progress in his mediation to resolve Lebanon's political crisis, but said Thursday that more talks were required. Moussa told a news conference that he might have to return to Beirut to continue his discussions with government and opposition leaders to reach an agreement on a package. He said the parties had agreed on a Cabinet of national unity, which would include opposition minority and majority members, but they wanted to discuss "guarantees" to make it work. The formula agreed would give the anti-Syrian coalition less than two-thirds majority of the Cabinet and it would leave the opposition short of their demand for a veto-wielding one third. A neutral Cabinet minister would hold the balance.