Syrian foreign minister brushes off Sarkozy's criticism

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem on Thursday brushed off criticism leveled at his country by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, claiming that Syria was actively trying to solve Lebanon's political crisis. Army Radio reported that Moallem, in a press briefing in Damascus, said that his country fulfilled a positive role. He expressed hope that Presidential elections would be held in Lebanon soon, but added that, ultimately, the decision on when to hold the vote was in Lebanon's hands. On Wednesday, Sarkozy stated that he was "reaching the end of the road" with Syrian President Bashar Assad and demanded action from the Syrian leader.