File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri arrives at the presidential palace in Baabda, Sunday, March 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Paris came under further fire Monday over its alleged proposal to replace the Taif Accord with a tripartite power-sharing agreement that would boost Shiite representation in Parliament, as the U.S. reaffirmed its designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist group despite rumors to the contrary.France's Ambassador to Lebanon, Patrice Paoli, has been scrambling to explain Nasrallah's comments since last Friday.Separately, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale confirmed Monday that his country's policy toward Hezbollah remained the same and that Washington still considered it a terrorist organization, regardless of recent comments by American officials and thawing relations with Iran.Hale added that Hezbollah should instead try to help bring an end to the war: "Those who have influence with the Syrian regime need to use it to move the regime toward a negotiated political solution, not to cause more bloodshed and participate in the regime's campaign against its own people".Reiterating his country's commitment to its partnership with Lebanon, Hale also referenced its support for the Taif Accord and the Baabda Declaration.
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