U.S. welcomes Doha agreement on ending Lebanon crisis
www.chinaview.cn 2008-05-21 23:34:35   Print

    WASHINGTON, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The United States welcomed on Wednesday the latest developments that the Lebanese political factions reached in Doha an agreement to end the Lebanese crisis.

    "We view this agreement as a positive step towards resolving the current crisis by electing a president, forming a new government and addressing Lebanon's electoral law," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters.

    Rice also urged Lebanese political factions to fully implement the agreement.

    Also on Wednesday, David Welch, deputy secretary for Near Eastern affairs, called Lebanon deal "a necessary and positive step" toward accomplishing what the Arab League's initiative to end political crisis in Lebanon.

    Lebanon's ruling coalition and the Hezbollah-led opposition agreed on Wednesday in the Doha talks to end the political conflict that has pushed the country to the brink of a civil war.

    Lebanon is facing the most complicated political crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. It has been without a president since November 2007 when ex-president Emile Lahoud's term ended.

    Lebanese rival leaders, gathered in Doha, Qatar since Saturday, have agreed to begin a presidential election immediately while forming a government based on a 16-11-3 formula (16 for the majority, 11 for the opposition and 3 to be chosen by the president).

Editor: Yan Liang
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