Arab League Mediators Mediate Lebanon Crisis

Arab League mediators announced a deal on Thursday to end Lebanon’s worse internal fighting since the civil war which began when the US backed government challenged Hizbullah. The opposing sides met in Qatar and finally resolved their issues — for the moment. Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad announced, “We declare an agreement sponsored by the Arab League to deal with the Lebanon crisis. The parties pledge to refrain from returning to the use of weapons or violence to realise political gains.” Hizbullah agreed to end its civil disobedience campaign as well as taking down roadblocks which hamper transporation in the country.

Hizbullah’s deputy leader, Sheikh Naim Kassem, promied “we want to return to a settlement which leads in the end to there being neither victor nor vanquished.” Both parties agreed any final settlement would result in army commander General Michel Suleiman becoming president of the nation. The remaining issues deal with which party gets which cabinet posts.