Special report: Palestine-Israel
by Suzan Haidamous
BEIRUT, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Efforts carried out by Lebanese leaders have
ended a long time tension and fighting which have haunted the Lebanese northern
city of Tripoli and the surrounding region between Sunni and Alawite sects since
1979, Khodor Talib, apolitical analyst said in As-Safir daily on Tuesday.
"In one hour, a new page was turned, ending 80 days of bloody clashes in
Tripoli," Talib was quoted as saying.
Leaders of Sunni and Alawite sects signed a reconciliation agreement Monday
night in Tripoli, following recent sectarian fighting in which at least 23
Clashes between the two sects have been reported since 1975-1990 civil war
The Muslim Sunni community in the northern region supports the ruling
majority headed by MP Saad Hariri and the government of Fouad Seniora, while the
Alawite, an offshoot of the Shiite Muslim, keeps close ties with Syria, whose
President Bashar al-Assad is an Alawite as well.
Saad Hariri, himself a Sunni, has been in Tripoli since Saturday, trying to
reconcile the city's feuding two sects.
Hariri accused Syria on Friday of using the instability in Tripoli as means
to interfere in Lebanon.
The Syrians "want to use the situation in Tripoli as a pretext to involve
themselves in Lebanese affairs and use it as a means for their military and
security return to Lebanon," Hariri said.
But the Syrian president said last week that he had asked the Lebanese
President Michel Suleiman to urgently send more troops to northern Lebanon to
Meanwhile, Shiite Hezbollah Chief Hasan Nasrallah, who is a strong ally to
Syria, said in a televised speech on Sunday that he fully supported Hariri's
efforts to calm tension in Tripoli.
"We back all efforts to put the tension in Tripoli behind us, the most
important is to stop the bloodshed," Nasrallah said.
Nasrallah also announced that he is ready to meet with Sunni leader Hariri
in order to deal with the aftermath of the deadly clashes between supporters of
the two leaders in May, which was later ended by Doha Accord signed between
rival Lebanese factions on May 21.
The Tripoli reconciliation agreement was welcomed by most Lebanese leaders,
while the Lebanese people want such a step to be applied to all Lebanese areas
to achieve real national reconciliation, local Lebanese media said.