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Jumblatt calls for consensus on policy statement

File - PSP leader Walid Jumblatt is seen in Beirut, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party Chief Walid Jumblatt Monday called on rival parties to seek a consensus formula for the Cabinet’s policy statement, stressing the futility of getting into complicated debates.

“With a revival of Cold Wars abroad, Lebanon has had enough of hot and cold wars and there is no running away from a consensus formula on the Baabda Declaration ... and Lebanon’s right to protect its borders and resist any possible Israeli aggression,” Jumblatt said in his weekly column to the Al-Anbaa website.

“What is the use of getting into Byzantine debates at a time when the Syrian events are overtaking all the internal realities and when terrorism that is indiscriminate to regions, sects and religions is spreading?” he asked.

Jumblatt’s comments come as the ministerial committee tasked with drafting the policy statement is set to hold its eight meeting later during the day.

A spat between President Michel Sleiman and Hezbollah over whether to include the tripartite “Army, resistance and people” formula should be included in the Cabinet’s policy statement has cast a pall over the committees’ mandate.

 

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