Prime Minister Tammam Salam speaks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Wednesday that a genuine commitment to dissociation from Syria's crisis would improve security in Lebanon, adding that facilitating his government's mission was the responsibility of all parties represented on the Cabinet.There are fears that a president will not be elected on time, forcing a repeat of the situation in 2007, when rival March 8 and March 14 coalitions failed to agree on a single candidate and plunged the country into a six-month power vacuum.The prime minister said he believed that a greater harm resulting from Syria's war was the presence of over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon. "We in the government adhere to our commitment in the policy statement to lay down the necessary mechanisms to address the issue of refugees and hold the Arab and international community responsible in this regard," Salam said.Acknowledging that his mission as the head of the national unity government was not easy, Salam said he hoped that the parties in his Cabinet would facilitate its work.
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