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Kataeb will only join Mikati's cabinet as a 'true partner'

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BEIRUT: Kataeb (Phalange) Party leader Amin Gemayel said Thursday that his group wants to serve as true partners and not “false witnesses” in any new government.

Gemayel, who has met twice with Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati to discuss the Kataeb’s possible participation in the new government, accused the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance of delaying the cabinet formation by putting conditions on Mikati.


“We want partnership [in the new government], but it must be real,” Gemayel said in a statement after meeting with the British Ambassador to Lebanon, Frances Guy.

“Partnership has its conditions. It doesn’t mean that we’ll serve as false witnesses in any government. These conditions aren’t about individuals, but instead are national in character, in order to protect Lebanon’s future.”


He said the Kataeb Party and its allies in the March 14 coalition were continuing contacts with Mikati to discuss the coalition’s participation in the new government.

“Despite all the good intentions we sensed from him [Mikati] and his principled responsiveness to take on urgent issues, the other [March 8] parties do not seem to be facilitating his mission, and neither do they seem to be accepting this partnership they claim. Consequently, they put up obstacles and conditions that do not serve the country’s interest,” Gemayel said.


In addition to Gemayel, Mikati, who is backed by the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition, has met separately with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and caretaker Labor Minister Butros Harb to discuss March 14’s possible participation in the government.

Mikati was appointed last week by President Michel Sleiman to form a new government to replace caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Cabinet, which was toppled on Jan. 12 with the resignations of ministers of Hezbollah and its March 8 allies in a dispute over the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The STL is probing the 2005 assassination of Hariri’s father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.




February 04, 2011

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