File - Kahwagi tours an Army base in the Karantina, Thursday, May 28, 2015. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army Website, HO)
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European delegates who have lately visited Beirut say there is no Western initiative on the horizon to resolve Lebanon's political paralysis, according to diplomatic sources.Gen. Michel Aoun, the leader of the March 8 aligned Free Patriotic Movement, insists that the only acceptable item to open the Cabinet's agenda is the matter of security appointments.Ongoing communications between the Grand Serail, Ain al-Tineh (Berri's residence) and Clemenceau (the residence of Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt) are futile and only serve to displease Aoun, sources say. They say the only solution is for former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to communicate directly with Aoun. The same ministerial sources say that Salam will exacerbate the government crisis if he convenes the Cabinet without FPM and Hezbollah ministers. Salam has hesitated to do so because of the threat of street demonstrations; he does not want a repeat of 1992, when demonstrations brought down Prime Minister Omar Karami's Cabinet.
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