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Lebanon FM rejects labeling Hezbollah as terrorists

English.news.cn   2014-01-25 04:00:43

BEIRUT, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon's caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour on Friday rejected labeling Hezbollah as terrorist group, with regard to what some participants in the Geneva II peace talks referred to when talking about the Shiite militant party.

Speaking at Beirut's airport upon his return from the Swiss town of Montreux, where he took part in the opening session of the Geneva II peace conference for Syria, Mansour said "when some parties at the conference described Hezbollah as a terrorist group, that was totally unacceptable, because the resistance, which honored its country, nation and people, struggled against the Israeli enemy and protected Lebanese land and cannot be given this label."

Meanwhile, Mansour noted that the formation of a transitional government in Syria would not help solve the long-standing crisis. He stressed "when one of the parties goes there and puts crippling preconditions, I believe this will not contribute at all to finding the solution."

He added that "for example, when a certain party demands the departure of a president or ceding power immediately to a transitional council or transitional government, that does not contribute to finding the aspired solution and we must take into consideration the viewpoints of all parties."

The Geneva communique, adopted by the Geneva I conference on Jan. 30, 2012, envisaged a transition for Syria, but did not specify whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should leave, therefore the Syrian government rejects the opposition's contention that the Geneva I agreement urges President Assad to go.

Mansour noted that "in my speech, I stressed the need not to interfere in the Syrian affairs and that such interference will only complicate the crisis. When foreign parties describe the resistance as terrorist, this is unacceptable, regardless of the reasons behind this labeling."

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