AL chief calls for more efforts, negotiations for solving Lebanon crisis

By Xinhua

Beijing : Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa on Sunday called for more efforts and more negotiations for solving the Lebanese political crisis.

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“There are some outcome in my visits,” but “more efforts and more negotiations” are needed, Moussa told reporters before leaving Beirut.

This is Moussa’s third visit to Lebanon during the past two weeks, in which he held marathon talks with Lebanese leaders to promote an Arab initiative which was endorsed in Cairo on Jan. 6.

“There are still difficulties that might need longer time, and we have other problems as well,” Moussa said after meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora.

The three-point Arab plan aimed at immediately electing Lebanese Army Commander General Michel Suleiman as Lebanese president and proceeding to forming a government of national unity and drafting a new electoral law.

Moussa, meanwhile, said a progress has been achieved to “rebuilding bridges between leaders of the opposition and majority” to discuss a settlement over the presidential standoff.

He hoped the discussions would continue “because difficulties are in every corner of this file and we should finalize them one by one.”

Last Thursday, Moussa brought together leader of the Change and Reform Bloc MP Michel Aoun, who represents the opposition, and leader of the Future Bloc MP Saad Hariri and former President Amin Gemayel from the majority camp.

Earlier Sunday, Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri postponed a session to elect a president until Feb. 11. It is the13th postponement since Sept. 25, 2007.

The majority and opposition are in agreement on electing Suleiman but remain at odds over the formation of a government of national unity.

Lebanese presidential seat has been vacant since former President Emile Lahoud ended his term on Nov. 24.