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    Turkish PM tries to end political crisis in Lebanon

    Hurriyet English with wires
    08.05.2008 - 15:39 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has taken action on Thursday to put an end to the recent political tension between the government and opposition parties of Lebanon, the Anatolian Agency reported.

    Erdogan held telephone conversations with Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nebih Berri, Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and Syrian Prime Minister Bashar al-Assad, and called on all parties to restrain and compromise.

    The PM's talks focused on possible solution routes, the agency reported. 

    Hezbollah,Lebanon's most influential Shi'ite faction, has led a political campaign for almost 18 months against Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's anti-Syrian cabinet.

    Tension between the government and Hezbollah rose sharply on Tuesday when the cabinet said the group's communications network was "an attack on the sovereignty of the state." Hezbollah said it was part of its security apparatus and had played an important role in its war with Israel in 2006.

    At least 10 people were wounded in the clashes in mixed Shi'ite and Sunni neighborhoods on Wednesday.

    Hezbollah has deemed Siniora's cabinet illegitimate since its Shi'ite ministers resigned in 2006 after he rejected demands for veto power against government decisions. The crisis has paralyzed much of the government and left Lebanon without a president for five months.


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