SARGSYAN REJECTS ATTEMPTS TO DESTABILIZE LEBANON, BERRI URGES OFFICIALS TO REACH CONSENSUS
Nov 27 2012
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan expressed fear on Tuesday over the
negative repercussions that the developments in the region have on
the situation on Lebanon.
“We will not allow anyone to destabilize Lebanon,” Sargsyan said
during a lunch banquet held in his honor in Ain el-Tineh.
The Armenian president said in a speech at the banquet attended by
the March 14 and 8 MPs that “the main challenge is to spread peace
and stability in the world, in particular, stopping violence.”
Sargsyan arrived in Beirut on Monday on a three-day official visit
to meet senior Lebanese officials.
For his part, Berri called on officials to engage in dialogue as
“we can’t eliminate others.”
“We should reach consensus over disputed matters irrespective of the
crisis in Syria,” he said.
The speaker urged for stronger economic ties between the two countries.
The two officials held earlier talks in presence of Foreign Minister
Adnan Mansour and his counterpart Edward Nalbandian.
March 14 opposition MPs participated in the lunch banquet after Berri
sought to cancel a parliamentary session that was scheduled to be
held on Tuesday during which Sargsyan was planned to address MPs.
Sharp differences surfaced recently between the opposition and the
speaker after the opposition accused Berri of luring it to attend
parliamentary sessions despite vows by the coalition to boycott all
The alliance rejected attending the session and another one planned
to show solidarity with the Palestinian people against the Israeli
aggression on the Gaza Strip.
The opposition decided to boycott parliamentary activities after the
assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau chief
Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan in October.
The alliance accuses the Syrian regime of being behind the murder
and blames Miqati’s cabinet for covering the crime.