Wednesday, June 18, 2008

'Rice wants March 14 Defense Ministry'

Press TV

"Lebanese sources say Condoleezza Rice's visit to Lebanon was aimed at appointing a member of March 14 as the head of the Defense Ministry.

US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, who arrived in Lebanon on June 16 for a surprise visit, pushed for March 14 bloc to take over the Ministry of Defense, saying that the bloc is determined to organize the country's security in the future, al-Manar TV reported.

"Rice visited Lebanon to discuss Shebaa Farms, she believes that the Shebaa issue could not be concluded during a week or even a month and it needs a more comprehensive plan", said Junee Moneer a Lebanese political analyst, Press TV's Beirut Bureau reported.

"Now the US is attempting to appoint security heads, and the main dispute is over the post of the Defense Ministry… because the defense minister appoints the army chief and also has a great influence on the appointment of all security heads," the analyst added......."

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