Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, heads the ministerial committee at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Rival ministers failed Tuesday to make any headway in their talks on the Cabinet's policy statement as attempts were underway to find a compromise over the divisive issues of the Baabda Declaration and the resistance, ministerial sources said.During the meeting chaired by Salam at the Grand Serail, March 8 and March 14 ministers continued to spar over whether the Baabda Declaration should be adopted as the main document in the policy statement, replacing the controversial tripartite formula of the "Army, the people and the resistance" as demanded by the March 14 coalition.President Michel Sleiman is insisting that the Baabda Declaration be adopted in the policy statement, and his stance was backed by the March 14 ministers in the committee. In addition to their support for the Baabda Declaration, March 14 ministers demand that the issue of the resistance be placed under state authority, thus denying Hezbollah the right to use its arsenal at will against any Israeli attack as had happened in the past.For their part, March 8 ministers from Hezbollah and the Amal Movement, which are represented in the committee, rejected the Baabda Declaration as well as the March 14 proposal that calls for placing the resistance under state control, a March 8 ministerial source said.
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