BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party MP Alaaeddine Terro said Wednesday that the collapse of negotiations to resolve key issues was due to an enduring “political divide” between the Lebanese parties.
“All initiatives are being torpedoed as they hit a political divide,” Terro told a local radio station, pointing to the latest initiative by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Terro also pointed to the collapse of talks between Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri’s Amal Movement and Hariri’s Future Movement.
He described Hariri’s initiative to end the political stalemate in Lebanon as “comprehensive.”
Hariri last week called for the election of a new president and the withdrawal of Hezbollah from the war in Syria, as means to safeguard Lebanon’s stability and protect it from the consequences of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.
In a televised speech Friday, Hariri also stressed that breaking the two-month-old presidential stalemate was the key to holding parliamentary polls scheduled in November, while strongly rejecting any attempts to renew Parliament’s mandate.