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Importante encontro entre autoridades libanesas
Na última terça-feira, Fouad Siniora, Nabih Berri e Emile Lahoud, se encontraram com o ex-ministro Salim Hoss a respeito da resolução da crise política libanesa

Hoss hopes Riyadh can break Beirut deadlock
Berri sets deadline for resolving political crisis - 'or else'
By Rym Ghazal
Daily Star staff
Wednesday, February 21, 2007

BEIRUT: Former Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Hoss visited the country's top three leaders on Tuesday to inform them of his recent tripss to Saudi Arabia and Syria, as the Parliament speaker set a deadline - the end of February - for the Lebanese to find a solution to the deadlock, "or else." Hoss carried with him on Tuesday messages from Saudi Arabia and Syria to his meetings with Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Speaker Nabih Berri and President Emile Lahoud.

"The talks with King Abdullah and President Bashar Assad were overall positive," Hoss told reporters following his meeting with Lahoud at Baabda Palace.

Hoss denied media reports that a Saudi initiative had been launched to defuse the political crisis, saying there "is no Saudi initiative, just proposed ideas."

However, he added "I believe Saudi Arabia is going to play an important role similar to the one it played in the past to end the Civil War by hosting the Taif Accord."

Hoss is due to visit Iran next week to seek help in resolving his country's impasse.

Hoss denied any ambitions to actively participate in government again, repeating his vow not "to meddle" in Lebanese politics - a pledge the former premier first made after he was defeated in the 2000 parliamentary elections.

"However, I am prepared to play at any moment a national role to bring closer all conflicting views and help end the political deadlock," he said.

Asked if he was prepared to lead a Cabinet in Lebanon or be the neutral minister, widely referred to as the "guarantee" or "king" minister in a national unity government, Hoss joked: "I don't mind becoming a king, but not a minister."

Criticizing the opposition's deliberations on resorting to civil disobedience as the latest step in their anti-government campaign, Hoss warned that "threats to resort to civil disobedience are very serious ... and we should try to find a solution in order not to reach such extremes."

Egypt, another major regional player mediating the crisis, also clarified on Tuesday through its ambassador to Lebanon, Hussein Darrar, that the Egyptian role is a "supportive" one, executed by the head of the Arab League, Amr Moussa.

"The Arab League initiative is the one being considered and discussed as it is founded on the principles of no victor or vanquished," he told reporters after a meeting with Druze religious leader Sheikh Naim Hassan.

Darrar dismissed media reports that Moussa's initiative had reached a dead end in Damascus, saying: "What the head of the Arab League announced was that there were some difficulties ... and not a dead end."

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abou al-Ghaith conveyed to visiting Future Movement MP Mohammed Hajjar the importance of resolving the crisis through dialogue on ideas put forward by the Arab League.

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