Lebanon News

Lebanon’s Arabic press digest - August 4, 2012


Following are summaries of some of the main stories in a selection of Lebanese newspapers Saturday. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Government decision to halt Syrian deportations
The removal of the sit-in at the Electricite Du Liban Friday after 97 days since it launched turned into celebratory show at the EDL headquarters building presented by General Labor Confederation head Ghassan Ghosn and also served as a platform to demonstrate “victories” by the political forces in the majority that led the battle to resolve the dispute.
And if the end of the sit-in came as a result of a political deal between three political forces – Amal, Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement – as what Energy Minister Gebran Bassil has posited, sources in the majority outside of these three political parties told An-Nahar that this crisis resulted in the following conclusions: Participants in the Cabinet realized that a collapse of the government was a red line and therefore they came to a settlement on the lines of “no victorious, no vanquished” formula; Despite the settlement, the image portrayed by the majority is no longer; resolving the issue of the contract workers will not end the electricity crisis. 
Opposition hints as questioning the government 
Toward an official decision to freeze the deportation of Syrians
The issue of deporting 14 Syrian opponents of the Syrian regime by General Security kept busy different official, political and diplomatic sides and renewed the internal division over how to approach the issue of Syrian people wanted by the regime. 
The opposition escalated its position with [former] Prime Minister Fouad Siniora revealing he would put a question to the government on its role in the deportation of the Syrians and indicated that the government was bound by the 2000 treaty against torture. 
Interior Minister Marwan Charbel told Al-Liwaa that he would send the government a letter in which he proposes ways to specifically deal with detained Syrians at the judicial and legal levels. 
Temporary rehabilitation of the Cabinet situation which could still explode
Palestinian authorities accuse Jibril of Yarmuk massacre 
While Kofi Annan’s resignation as U.N.-Arab envoy to Syria remained in the spotlight, Annan advised Russia, China and Iran “to exert efforts to convince the Syrian regime to change its course … and to realize that the present government has lost all its legitimacy.”
The Palestinian leadership condemned the crime at the Yarmuk camp in Damascus and accused Palestinian sides of trying to involve the Palestinians in the Syrian conflict, pointing specifically to Ahmad Jibril of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.






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