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    • Pablo B
    • 09.03.07 | 01:17 (IST)

    Lebanon now holds the cards for future Syria/Israel talks. Talks between Nasrallah and Siniora over the future of the Lebanese Gov't is a stumbling block to Syria/Israel peace talks. These two can eliminate the issue of Syria illegally arming and supporting Hezb. Creating a unity gov't and bringing Hezb. under Lebanese Army control and making them regular forces would change everything. Lebanon would be in compliance with all resolutions regarding Hezb. And since Hezb. would be under the Leb. Army chain of command, it would no longer be a violation of UNSC 1701 for Syria to export any arms it wants into Lebanon. Israel couldn't point to violations of 1701 as an excuse not to negotiate. Israel already lost the excuse that Syria had troops in Lebanon, and the Leb. Army has taken over S. Lebanon from Hezb. Israel will have gotten most everything they have asked for with regard to Syria and Lebanon. Israeli excuses to avoid talks will get much harder to come by.

    from the article: Syrian to testify before Knesset foreign affairs panel on secret peace talks
    First published 00:00 08.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 08.03.07
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