Lebanon News

U.N. urges positive engagement with PM-designate

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly speaks in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: U.N. official Derek Plumbly urged Wednesday rival Lebanese parties to engage positively with the PM-designate to form a Cabinet without further delay, a day after hopes emerged of a possible breakthrough in the nine-month stalemate.

“He [PM-designate Tammam Salam] has our full support and I will only urge all parties to engage positively with him to ensure that a government is in place without further delay,” Plumbly, U.N. special coordinator for Lebanon, told reporters after meeting Salam in Msaitbeh.

He also said that the U.N. was engaged in assisting Lebanon on all fronts.

“The process of government formation is an entirely Lebanese one but obviously we are keenly interested in its success and I am encouraged of what I have heard from the prime minister designate about the efforts now underway,” he added.

Former Minister Khalil Hrawi, a political adviser to President Michel Sleiman, told The Daily Star Tuesday that the atmosphere was positive toward forming an all-embracing 8-8-8 political government

He said that the final outcome of the Cabinet formation efforts would emerge in the next four days “because all the parties insist on facilitating the Cabinet [formation] and participating in the national accord project.”

Plumbly also said that the international community is keenly interested in the formation of an effective government in Lebanon.

“The Security Council has said so repeatedly. Lebanon is passing through a dangerous time and the security, humanitarian and economic challenges are very great,” he added.

Meanwhile, Sleiman met Hrawi at Baabda Palace to discuss the latest development in the Cabinet formation.





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