» 09/07/2010, 00.00
LEBANON - SYRIA
Saad Hariri: Syria did not kill my father
The statement in a comment published by a Saudi newspaper. A complete turnabout: the accusations against Syria in 2005 led to the formation of a strong movement in opposition to Damascus (led by Saad) resulting in the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanese soil. Perhaps Syria is aligning with the Arab front, abandoning Iran.
14/08/2008 LEBANON - SYRIA
Summit between Beirut and Damascus has not eliminated all doubts
The announcement of the establishment of normal diplomatic relations is positive, but questions remain over Assad's true stance. It's still an open case, from the definition of borders to the assassination of Rafic Hariri.
Bishops condemn "confusion" reigning in Lebanon
There was express reference to Lahoud's statements against the formation of an international tribunal as well as to attempts to topple the government. Cardinal Sfeir pointed at "political leaders" who are seeking to "facilitate international interference and the preservation of regional forces in the country." Hezbollah has rejected UN calls to disarm its militias.
UN renews calls for militia disarmament in tormented Lebanon
The concern of the Security Council comes at a time when the political situation is extremely strained, with Hezbollah putting pressure on the pro-Western government of Siniora. Cardinal Sfeir is set to meet Berri and Aoun.
22/07/2010 LEBANON – SYRIA – IRAN
Tensions rise in Lebanon over possible Hizbollah involvement in Hariri assassination
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon is set to indict some Hizbollah leaders for their alleged involvement in the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister. The Doha agreement could fall apart over the matter. In this context, Syria appears to be shifting its regional alliances away from Tehran and Hizbollah.
Dual Saudi-Syrian visit leaves Lebanon still divided
The arrival of King Abdullah and President Bashar el Assad in order to calm internal tensions, as the publication of the International Tribunal report could blame Hezbollah for the 2005 assassination of Rafik Hariri. Fears of a new civil war in Lebanon.
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