Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri arrives at the National Dialogue session held at Baabda Palace, Lebanon, on Monday, June 25, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The new Cabinet's policy statement should focus on the country's security crisis and avoid controversial political issues, Speaker Nabih Berri said in remarks published Thursday.Prime Minister Tammam Salam chaired for the first time Wednesday a meeting for the ministerial committee tasked with drafting the policy statement.The 24-member Cabinet has yet to finalize the policy statement so that it can go to Parliament for a vote of confidence. The policy statement has been a point of controversy, with Hezbollah insisting on keeping the tripartite formula "the Army, the people and the resistance," while March 14 wants to include the Baabda Declaration.
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