Tuesday, February 26, 2008
"26/02/2008 Arab League chief Amr Mussa wrapped up a two day visit to Lebanon Monday and headed back to Cairo saying he was still convinced that "there are difficulties and time is running out, however the initiative will continue." Following the quartet meeting with loyalty and opposition representatives Sunday and Monday, Mussa announced that a comprehensive solution to the` political crisis in Lebanon could not be reached. The Arab League chief had chaired a meeting between opposition representative MP General Michel Aoun, loyalty representatives MP Saad Hariri and former President Mine Gemayel. "I had hoped that we would end with a comprehensive paper, or a comprehensive draft deal. But it appears that the matter needs more time," he said after the meeting. He also announced that he will not return to Lebanon before the Arab Summit due to be held in the Syrian capital Damascus on the fifth of March.
Citing absence of any agreement, House Speaker Nabih Berri postponed, for the 15th time, the presidential election session to March 11. A statement issued by the parliament's secretariat general said that the delay comes in line with the Arab initiative and in the framework of giving more chance to the Arab League chief's efforts to establish agreement among the Lebanese."