Mazloum said a real dialogue needed to take place in Lebanon away from foreign interference. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Participants were divided over the legitimacy of Hezbollah's arms during a conference discussing the Bkirki National Charter Monday, as others stressed the importance of the memorandum calling for the revival of National Dialogue between the various political parties.According to Hoteit, it is "unacceptable" to propose that Hezbollah give up its weapons before the Lebanese government is able to replace it with another force that can defend the country.The charter also stresses the need for the timely election of a new president and for a Muslim-Christian partnership to run Lebanon.Another panel at the conference examined the issue of neutrality, something that has been heavily debated since the beginning of the Syrian conflict and Hezbollah's involvement in it.Former Minister Issam Naaman said Lebanon needed to be strong to neutralize itself, adding that it currently was not.
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