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01/12/11

US intervention has undermined Lebanon's stability: Iran envoy

TEHRAN, Jan. 12 (Mehr News Agency) - Iran's Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi has commented on the reasons behind the failure of international efforts to bring stability to Lebanon.

"U.S. intervention has resulted in the failure of efforts made to bring peace and stability to Lebanon," Roknabadi told the Mehr News Agency on Wednesday in response to the news that the Syria-Saudi Arabia initiative aimed at restoring stability in Lebanon has failed.

 

According to the Bloomberg, Lebanese lawmaker Michel Aoun said on Tuesday that the Saudi-Syrian drive to resolve controversy over a United Nations tribunal investigating the 2005 killing of Rafiq c has failed.

In the wake of this development, ministers representing Hezbollah movement and its allies announced that they plan to quit cabinet, a move that may topple the government of the U.S.-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri and again throw the country into disarray.

Roknabadi said that the U.S. government did not favor the establishment of peace and stability in Lebanon, so tried to obstruct the measures aimed at achieving stability in Lebanon.

"The Americans and Israelis have always sought to undermine the regional peace, and since the time this plan (Saudi-Syrian initiative) was proposed for Lebanon's stability made efforts to sabotage the plan and apparently have been successful (to achieve their goals)," he stated.

Hezbollah to quit Lebanon government over STL

(Press TV) - Lebanon's resistance movement Hezbollah and its allies have said they will relinquish the Lebanese government unless their demands over the US-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of Rafiq Hariri are met.

Lebanese Health Minister Mohamad Jawad Khalifeh said on Wednesday Hezbollah and its allies have called for an urgent cabinet meeting to talk about the tribunal crisis. He said 11 Lebanese ministers are ready to quit the unity government if such a meeting is not held.

"If the cabinet fails to meet, it means there is no government and as such 11 ministers will tender their resignations this afternoon," Khalifeh told AFP.

A total of 10 ministers represent Hezbollah and its allies in the 30-member Lebanese cabinet. In order for the government to collapse, the backing of more than one-third of the ministers is needed.

Former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 20 other people were assassinated on February 14, 2005, when explosives equal to around 1,000 kilogram of TNT were blown up in downtown Beirut.

The Washington-sponsored Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) was set up some two years later to look into the deadly incident.

Reports say that the court would likely issue an indictment against some Hezbollah members.

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah has vehemently rebuffed the allegations. He has described the plot as part of dangerous projects that are targeting the resistance movement.

The Lebanese As-Safir daily in November wrote that the United States is exerting "intensive" pressure on Hariri tribunal under the motto: "No discussions before an indictment is issued."

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