File - Prime Minister Tammam Salam heads the ministerial committee meeting at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
The jury’s still out
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam is considering resignation if last-minute talks fail to break the deadlock over the government's policy statement, political sources told The Daily Star Wednesday.The event will be attended by Salam, the sources said, and Speaker Nabih Berri could be on hand as well.March 8 and March 14 committee members are deadlocked over how to mention the resistance in the policy statement. The Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance insists that the policy statement stipulate that Lebanon and the Lebanese have the right to resist Israeli occupation and defend the country against any Israeli aggression, effectively legitimizing Hezbollah's arsenal. But the March 14 group argues that resistance against Israel should take place under the authority of the state and that Lebanon rather than the Lebanese should have the right to resistance. This national interest in particular is embodied in our adherence to resistance out of our eagerness to protect our water and oil resources, along with deterring aggression and preserving sovereignty," Berri was quoted as saying.For his part, Sleiman said there was no justification for the delay in drafting the policy statement given that an agreement was reached among rival political parties on joining Salam's government.
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