File - EU ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The new Lebanese Cabinet is proof that the country's factions can still reach a political agreement, the European Union's envoy to Lebanon said, as she expressed continued backing for the Army and hopes of "de-escalation" in the security crisis that has gripped the country.In an interview with The Daily Star, Angelina Eichhorst discussed the recent formation of the Cabinet, the EU's backing for the Lebanese Army, the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, the start of trial at the STL and the EU's blacklisting of Hezbollah's military wing. Eichhorst reiterated the EU's support for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the court prosecuting those responsible for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 .Eichhorst said that Lebanon's ability to cater to Syrian refugees is "remarkable," but that EU member states have dug "deep into their pockets" to help provide for the refugees.The EU has so far provided 2.4 billion euros to countries in the region, including 665 million euros to Lebanon alone, to help handle the cost of refugees.Eichhorst said that EU states as a whole now have consensus on supporting the Army.Eichhorst also said the recent blacklisting of Hezbollah's military wing has not substantially affected the relationship with the party's "political elements".
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