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Hariri Says Rival Camp Wants Partnership in Everything but Arms Issue
 
 
 
 
 
 
19-02-2011
 
Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday noted that "some want partnership in all matters and issues, but they want to take one-sided decisions concerning the issue of weapons under the excuse of resisting Israel."
"And when the need arises they turn their weapons inward, similar to what happened on May 7, 2008 and on other occasions," Hariri added.

Addressing a delegation of Beiruti families at his downtown Beirut "Center House", the caretaker premier added: "Let no one lecture us about resistance … We have announced more than once that we distinguish between the weapons of resistance against Israel and the weapons used in the internal political struggle."

He reminisced that his father, slain premier "Rafik Hariri was the first to protect the Resistance and legalize its actions against the Israeli enemy."

"With the help of God, we will reach our goals. We emphasize our right to unveil the criminals who assassinated Martyr Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and hand them over to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon so that they get their punishment," Hariri went on to say.

On Monday, the sixth anniversary of his father's murder, Hariri announced that he will lead Lebanon's new opposition against a government his camp says will be under Hizbullah's command.

"Today, we are in opposition because of ... our commitment to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and our belief in the need to protect the Lebanese from weapons," the outgoing premier said at a conference organized by the March 14 forces to commemorate Rafik Hariri's murder anniversary.

"We do not and will not accept the presence of weapons when they are pointed at the Lebanese ... when they become a way to pressure members of parliament to breach the campaign vows they made when they stood for election."

The U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon has been the focus of a long-running feud between the outgoing premier and Hizbullah, which last month forced the collapse of Hariri's unity government.

The tribunal, which Hizbullah accuses of being under U.S.-Israeli control, is reportedly readying to implicate members of the Iran- and Syria-backed group in the Hariri murder.

PM-designate Najib Miqati, who was appointed with Hizbullah's backing, will succeed Hariri in heading the next government.

Lebanon's Saudi- and Western-backed camp has accused Hizbullah of using its arsenal of weapons to intimidate MPs into voting against Saad Hariri's re-nomination after the cabinet collapse.
 
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