Major Sunni groups in Lebanon withdraw from government's coalition
Lebanon, Politics, 2/26/2005
The Islamic Group in Lebanon, the major Sunni groups, announced withdrawal from Ein Altineh meeting which includes the Lebanese groups and political forces which support the government and is an alley for Syria.
In a press conference held in Beirut, the group called for the resignation of the Lebanese president Emil Lahoud and the resignation of all security officials in Lebanon over the assassination of the Lebanese former prime minister Rafic Hariri. However, the group said it does not want immediate resignation for Lahoud, but after the making of the parliamentary elections and the return back of stability to the country.
On the sideline of the international pressures, the British prime minister Tony Blair called on Damascus to seriously shoulder its responsibilities to halt what he called terrorism in any form. He said that countries which sponsor this phenomenon give a very bad service not only for countries where terrorism is backed but also for its own self. In his monthly press conference, Blair explained he does not know yet the events of the assassination of Hariri, but he described the operation as horrible and catastrophic for Lebanon.
Last Monday, the British foreign office secretary Jack Straw in Brussels considered that there are strong suspicions on Syria's involvements in the Hariri assassination.
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