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EU: Lebanon at critical juncture, needs Cabinet
File - President Michel Sleiman speaks at a ceremony at Baabda Palace on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra)
File - President Michel Sleiman speaks at a ceremony at Baabda Palace on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (The Daily Star/DalatiNohra)
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BEIRUT: The European Union implored Lebanon to form a new government and demanded that all political parties respect the country’s policy of disassociation from the Syrian conflict, during a Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels Monday.

The council said the country was at a “critical juncture,” noting the “unprecedented effect the [Syrian] crisis has on the stability of Lebanon.”

“The EU calls on Lebanon to urgently form a new government capable to address the extraordinary humanitarian, economic and security challenges the country is facing,” the official statement read.

“The EU strongly calls on all parties, including Hezbollah, to act responsibly, fully abide by Lebanon’s disassociation policy from the conflict in Syria and support the efforts of President [Michel] Sleiman to implement the provisions of the Baabda Declaration.”

The council also resolved to “explore possibilities for increased support to the Lebanese Armed Forces.”

The statement comes just one day after several men attacked a military checkpoint in Sidon, killing one soldier.

Citing “repeated violence and security incidents including the latest terrorist attack targeting the Iranian Embassy,” the council denounced the recent violent acts on Lebanese soil.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 17, 2013, on page 3.
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