Following are summaries of some of the main stories in a selection of Lebanese newspapers Friday. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Sleiman from Argentina: We are working to freeze the use of private arms as a prelude to disarmament
Lebanon is busy with elections ... and funerals
No progress has been made regarding the new election law, except for additional debate at meetings of the parliamentary Joint Committees. However, Thursday’s session was cancelled due to lack of quorum.
The prevailing stalemate over the election law runs in parallel with a concerning atmosphere that is dominating the domestic scene due to Hezbollah’s practices which are pushing Lebanon into the Syria crisis.
From Beirut to Argentina, President Michel Sleiman made a significant statement when he said Lebanon was “working on the disarmament of non-state forces – be they Hezbollah or Salafists – through freezing the use of arms as a prelude to disarmament.”
Sleiman stressed that there were no armed groups that operate from Lebanon against Syria.
Hezbollah official Sheikh Mohammad Yazbek said Hezbollah “will keep its weapons, which we regard as the blood running through our veins.”
International consensus prevents spread of Syria war abroad
Signs that the sparkle of the Syrian-Turkish shelling is likely to spread faded following intensive calls for calm and restraint from NATO, the U.S., Europe, Russia, Iran and China as well as the United Nations.
It was clear that the Syrian war was prevented from expanding to neighboring countries.
In a statement issued early Friday morning, the U.N. Security Council condemned "in the strongest terms the shells fired by Syrian forces." While on the other hand, it called for “restraint."
Sleiman distinguishes between Hezbollah’s weapons and that of the resistance
Hezbollah reuses slogans from 80s ... Future worried about Lebanon being dragged into conflict
No appointments next week ... strikes besiege government
With the Syrian fire approaching the edge of Lebanon’s stability and assurances by President Michel Sleiman from Argentina that the Syria crisis will not have an impact on Lebanon, "because we have taken all measures to protect Lebanon from these repercussions," it seems political leaders are under pressure in light of the questions raised after the blast at an arms depot in Nabi Sheet and statements by Hezbollah officials during the funeral of three of its members who were killed in that blast.
Hezbollah reused anti-U.S. and anti-Israel slogans from the 1980s, while officials from the Future Movement – particularly former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and MPs Ahmad Fatfat and Ammar Houri – considered what is happening to be of great risk that would put Lebanon on the brink of a security, economic and political abyss.
Cabinet will hold a meeting Monday to discuss 14 items dealing with administrative issues, but not the subject of appointments. The issue of administrative appointments will not be discussed Wednesday either at a Cabinet meeting to be headed by President Michel Sleiman.
The meetings coincide with threats by the Union Coordination Committee to ruin the school year at both primary and higher education establishments across Lebanon through demanding the departure of the Mikati government as they plan to strike Wednesday if a salary raise is not approved.