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Salam: Disassociation policy should be observed

Prime Minister Tammam Salam, center, heads a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Friday, May 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in remarks published Saturday that Lebanese groups, including Hezbollah, should abide by the policy of disassociation stipulated in the government’s stance to distance the country from events in Syria.

“The government with all its components approved its ministerial statement, which stipulated the policy of disassociation from what is happening in Syria. This does not negate the fact that there is a gap between such a policy and reality,” Salam told Al-Joumhouria, when asked about Hezbollah’s role in the Syrian crisis.

“This gap should be filled."

The disassociation policy was first adopted by former Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s Cabinet to keep Lebanon at a distance from regional turmoil, especially the raging war in neighboring Syria.

Hezbollah’s military support to regime troops against the rebels has been a point of contention, with the March 14 coalition accusing the group of violating the policy and dragging Lebanon into the Syrian fire.

Salam also spoke about security in Lebanon, which has been, relatively-speaking, under control since authorities in April launched a security plan to restore law and order in the north and curb the rise of suicide bombings.

"The security situation is contained and we hope that such a matter would be strengthened by putting an end to the phenomenon of abductions in the northern Bekaa, which is challenging to the security plan,” he said.

“Coordination among security apparatuses helped contain the situation and ended violations.”

 

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