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Geneva II should address terrorism: Mansour

  • Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour gestures upon his arrival at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, July 3, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour said Thursday eliminating terrorism should be the main focus of the Geneva II peace conference on Syria scheduled later this month.

“We are concerned with what is happening in Syria, just like the entire region is, and we will ask the international community to fulfill its duty in ending terrorism,” Mansour said.

“The main focus of the Geneva II conference should be terrorism, we should not take [this subject] lightly because it has become a dangerous, destructive and terrifying phenomenon in the entire region and the world.”

Mansour said that countries suffering from terrorism should come together to set a plan for confronting the upcoming phase, citing Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan and Yemen.

The minister received earlier this week an invitation from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to attend the Jan. 22 conference on Syria.

The caretaker government is yet to decide whether Lebanon would attend the one-day-event convened by Russia, the U.S. and the U.N. and aimed at finding a peaceful solution to Syria’s almost 3-year-old war. Geneva II will be chaired by Ban and attended by the foreign ministers of dozens of countries.

The March 14 coalition has earlier objected to Mansour’s attendance of the conference, arguing that the caretaker minister does not represent the interests of Lebanon or its disassociation policy from the war in neighboring Syria.

 
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