Cabinet failed to resolve impasse over resistance issue


cabinet meeting baabdaLebanon’s Cabinet met Thursday at the Baabda Presidential Palace to discuss the formula that will be used in defining Lebanon’s resistance against Israel in the ministerial policy statement after the ministerial committee failed  during 10 meetings to agree on a draft due to a dispute over Hezbollah’s arms in the clause.

President Michel Suleiman chaired the Cabinet session and said during the opening of the meeting that he is hoping that the policy statement will be approved tonight, stressing that “it must not be put on hold for the sake of one phrase” and that “the Lebanese are pinning their hopes on this cabinet.”

He added: “Discussions over the formula proposed by Health Minister Wael Abou Faour are still ongoing after he and Foreign Minister Bassil introduced amendments to it.

Here are some of the suggested formulas being discussed:

LBCI reported that one of formulas that is being discussed at the meeting states “the right of the Lebanese to liberate the Shebaa Farms through all available means based on the legitimacy of the state, which abides by implementing the general policies vested in it by the constitution.”

OTV reported that the other formula that is being discussed at the meeting states “the state’s duty to preserve its sovereignty and the right of Lebanon and the Lebanese to liberate their land and resist any aggression or occupation.”

OTV also reported that a formula that emphasizes the authority of the state and the right to resistance is awaiting the approval of the parties.

OTV also reported that a formula that is currently being discussed states “the responsibility of the state regarding liberation and the right of the Lebanese people to confront occupation.”

LBCI reported that meetings are being held on the sidelines of the cabinet session, most notably between Hassan Khalil, Abou Faour and Akram Shehayyeb and the cabinet meeting has almost been suspended.

Media sources reported that the ministers were referring to their respective party leaderships before giving their answers to the proposed formulas.

It appears that the cabinet failed to resolve the impasse over the formula. MTV reported that attempts to convince PM Salam to postpone his resignation until tomorrow have not been successful until the moment.

MTV reported that ” Hezbollah is insisting on mentioning ‘the resistance’ in a clear manner in the policy statement, which returns discussions back to square one.”

The meeting was adjourned until Friday after the parties failed to reach an agreement over the policy statement.

FM Gebran Bassil told OTV: “What happened today was an insult to Lebanon and its army, people, resistance and state.”

Shebaa farms and Kfar Shouba Hills were occupied by Israel in the 1967 war. The Syrian army was stationed in these 2 areas when Israel occupied them as part of the Golan heights territories.The Syrian regime claims that these 2 areas are Lebanese and has the documents to prove their Lebanese identity this but refused so far to share these documents with Lebanon and the United Nations despite several requests by the Lebanese government and the UN.

The other area that is occupied by Israel is the northern part of the village of Ghajar. This area was occupied by Israel in 2006 during its wart with Hezbollah. The residents of northern Ghajar claim that they are Syrians and not Lebanese and protested against the Lebanese government when it tried to negotiate through the UN to take it over from Israel in 2010.

All the 3 areas; Shebaa farms , Kfar Shouba Hills and Ghajar are located on the Lebanese Golan Heights borders. Syria so far has refused to demarcate its borders with Lebanon, reportedly because it is using the 3 occupied areas as an excuse for Hezbollah to keep its arms.



6 responses to “Cabinet failed to resolve impasse over resistance issue”

  1. Constantin7 Avatar

    What a waste of time, energy and effort for a piece of paper. Could we have a government for 2-3 months WITHOUT a Ministerial statement ? How could there be concensus between 2 opponent parties ? I am disgusted with these so-called politicians that have their ego before the public interest.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      After April 1st, strictly ‘sunny-day’ meetings with open windows. 😉

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    A ‘Happy Well-fed Meeting’. One in a series …. brought to you by Baby Bab & Da … trusted makers of ‘Mother’s little Helper Products’ for half a century. As we say: ‘Where would mothers be without them.’

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    BEIRUT: Heightened security measures have succeeded in curbing the number of car bombings in Lebanon, the Army said in a statement Thursday.
    The statement went on to suggest that the issue of car bombs and their causes should not be exploited for political ends by warring factions.
    “Effective security efforts to monitor rigged cars and those connected to bombings … are ongoing,” the statement said.
    “These efforts have resulted in the detention of one of the most wanted suspects; the discovery of a number of rigged cars; in terrorist groups feeling the noose around their necks; and have made the targeting of civilian areas more difficult, as evidenced by these groups resorting to firing rockets at some villages in the Bekaa Valley.”
    The statement went on to praise the Army’s crackdown on kidnapping for ransom, claiming that kidnappers now feel exposed.
    The Army enumerated a number of recent successes, including securing the releases of Antoine Daher Kaadi and the child Michel Sakr.
    The statement also said the Army was able to prevent several attempted kidnappings, including a plan to abduct the son of a notary in Mount Lebanon.

    In Tripoli, the Army’s presence has decreased the number of clashes between the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh, “despite the persistence of sectarian and political provocation,” the statement also said.
    The Army arrested 870 people and impounded 226 cars and 35 motorcycles in the month of February alone, the military said.
    ——— and ———
    Schools out in Tripoli for the weekend … Plus … Again:
    TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Armed clashes erupted in the northern city of Tripoli between rival neighborhoods Thursday, killing a 10-year-old girl and wounding 13 other people.
    Fatima Ayyash, 10, was killed and 13 people were wounded by sniper fire including three soldiers, security sources told The Daily Star.
    A taxi driver was also wounded as he made his way to the Dabagha market.
    The fighting erupted soon after gunmen shot and killed a man from Jabal Mohsen. Walid Barhoum died after he was shot three times in the chest and leg by unidentified gunmen on motorcycles near Makhoul Hospital. The attack occurred around 11:30 a.m.
    Barhoum, a father of two, was a Sunni resident of Jabal Mohsen and worked as a tiler.
    (an alewite married to alewife)
    News of his death triggered armed clashes between fighters from the Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen and the Sunni Bab al-Tabbaneh, who have been engaged in 19 rounds (semi-rounds don’t count) of fighting since the uprising in Syria began in March of 2011.
    Jabal Mohsen, home of the Arab Democratic Party, is known for its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Bab al-Tabbaneh largely sympathizes with the opposition and some young men from the neighborhood have even joined the fighting over the border.
    The Lebanese Army responded to the sources of fire and is in contact with both sides to calm the situation and prevent further escalation.
    The military also carried out several raids in the northern city, Lebanon’s second largest, to apprehend gunmen and snipers.
    Meanwhile, a rocket-propelled grenade exploded near the Officers Club in Al-Qibbeh area, wounding Talal al-Tawish.
    Soon after the shooting incident, schools were shut down and students were sent home.

    (Some claim this is because Baabda can’t come up with anything … as good an excuse as any)

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar

    BEIRUT: The president and prime minister authorized the Finance Ministry to release the funds for the fuel oil shipment to avoid an electricity blackout, a source at the ministry said Thursday.
    “The problem of the fuel oil funding has been solved after President Michel Slieman and Prime Minister Tammam Salam used their prerogatives to allow the Finance Ministry to issue letters of credit to buy the fuel oil,” the source told The Daily Star.

    OH Wow. Maybe Tripoli’s lights will come back on for the usual few hours each night so the ‘fighters’ can see who they are shooting at, and to keep everyone awake again. Having to do it in daylight is such a pain – and the sleepless kids can’t go to rest heads on school-desks.

  5. 5thDrawer Avatar

    They seek a Formula? I present 3 Formulae:
    D = a variable
    G = Guns
    T = Tripoli
    B = Beirut
    I = Anything Jewish
    S = Syria
    A = Assad
    L = Lebanon
    H = El Supremo
    F = Future
    E = Equality
    R = Resistance
    m® = male
    f™= female

    Calculated Assumptions: B+T=L : m®≠f™
    And: A+H=S*R ≠ I …. While: I ≠ EF …. But: (m®+f™)xG = I

    FORMULA: Presently Used For L



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