Beirut- Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamadeh said Thursday that there was a general understanding to maintain calm and peace on the occasion to commemorate the second anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri Feb. 14.
Hamadeh, in an interview with Voice of Lebanon Radio station, said recent statements by opposition and pro-government politicians were a sign that the rival factions were considering not to allow Lebanon's future "to be shrouded in darkness."
He said there are some parties accusing the pro-government March 14 Forces of seeking to transform February 14 into a "battle with the opposition."
The March 14 alliance has "no such intentions," Hamadeh assured.
He said the coalition, to which he belongs, has not yet decided on how it would commemorate Hariri 's murder.
Hamadeh said news infiltrating from the opposition, including Speaker Nabih Berri, were clear that "Feb. 14 should not be a day to prevent the Lebanese (from reaching the mosque where Hariri is buried) to pray for his soul."
Hizbullah-led protestors have been camping outside government headquarters in downtown Beirut near Hariri 's graveyard at Al Amine Mosque since Dec. 1 in a bid to topple Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.
Hamadeh also said that Arab League Chief Amr Moussa will arrive in Beirut on Feb. 8 to resume his mediation between Lebanon's feuding parties in an effort to find a settlement in the ongoing political crisis.
"There is an understanding to have a peaceful day" (on Feb. 14) which will allow Moussa to continue his mediation, Hamadeh said
Source: Naharnet, LBC, Ya Libnan
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