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| Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2006 4:46 pm Post subject: Lebanon's Ceasefire: and what about tomorrow?
|What will happen now? How does Lebanon's futur look like?
What are the US Israeli Heads planning for our future?
What does Syria and Iran decide for the Lebanese land?
What will the Lebanese say? Those who stand up last year for a syrian-free Lebanon?
And after all, when will the Lebanese Airport be able to open its doors?
When will Mister Israel leave us "going home" and when will they stop the embargo in order to clean the hunderts of kilometrs of Oil in the Lebanese coast ?
And beside the general situation of the country, what about the Armenian political parties in Lebanon?
An article about Mister Assad's opinion on this topic:
Syria sees no Mideast peace
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# Israel shells out $6bn for Lebanon war
# Special Report: Middle East Conflict: Lebanon Crisis
DAMASCUS — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said yesterday that peace in the Middle East would remain elusive for the foreseeable future, that the US was to blame and that all “resistance” to Israel was legitimate.
Israel said yesterday it would start to withdraw its forces from southern Lebanon within 48 hours if the cease-fire held.
Israeli officials and western diplomats said yesterday the army would withdraw from some forward positions in southern Lebanon and hand them over to United Nations (UN) troops within two days.
The accelerated timetable reflects growing Israeli concern that its forces will become easy targets for attack by Hezbollah and jeopardise a fragile truce that took effect on Monday.
Al-Assad, in a speech to the Syrian Journalists Union in Damascus yesterday, said: “It is evident that after six years of this (US) administration that there is no peace and there will be none in the foreseeable future.”
It was al-Assad’s first public speech since the start of the war in Lebanon. Syria held political and military sway in Lebanon for years until it pulled out its troops in April last year in the face of massive pressure following the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri.
He praised Hezbollah guerrillas for resisting Israeli forces during five weeks of war and said their actions would make the Jewish state think twice before pursuing “terrorist policies” in the region. Syria’s Golan Heights have been occupied by Israel since 1967. It is one of the main supporters of Hezbollah.
Al-Assad said there was now a “new Middle East” after Israel’s month-long war against Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. He described the war as a “planned aggression” by the Jewish state.
He accused Israel of using the capture of two soldiers in a Hezbollah raid on July 12 as a pretext for launching a massive assault against Lebanon and accused the Jewish state of not wanting peace.
“Peace would involve Israel returning occupied lands to their owners and restoring their rights,” he said. “Israel is an enemy founded on the basis of aggression and hegemony. The peace process has failed. It has failed since its inception.”
Al-Assad paid tribute to the “men of the resistance” — a reference to Hezbollah guerrillas.
A total of 160 Israelis have been killed since July 12, most of them soldiers who lost their lives in combat with Hezbollah. More than 800 Lebanese have died.
Al-Assad accused Lebanon’s anti-Syrian bloc, known as the “March 14 forces” after the day of public demonstration that followed Hariri’s slaying, of wanting to sow discord in Lebanon by demanding Hezbollah be disarmed.
On Monday, US President George Bush blamed Hezbollah and its “state sponsors, Iran and Syria” for the bloodshed in Lebanon.
Al-Assad lashed out at policies of the Bush administration in the region, accusing him of adopting “the principle of preventative war, which is in complete contradiction to the principle of peace”.
He said Israeli and Lebanese politicians would fail in disarming the Shiite Muslim group.
In southern Lebanon, relief aid began to flow yesterday, hampered only by returning refugees and lingering obstacles caused by an Israeli blockade, aid agencies said.
UN convoys, with dozens of trucks carrying food, water, fuel and medicine, were heading for villages that had been cut off from deliveries for weeks, including Rmeish and Hasbaya.
Other convoys were being dispatched around the country yesterday through three coastal hubs in Tripoli, Beirut, Sidon and later Tyre, said Elizabeth Byrs, a spokeswoman for the UN’s humanitarian co-ordination office.
The convoys included about 60 tons of fuel for 18 hospitals in the south, which will be delivered in the coming days.
“No concurrence is required for UN land convoys any more,” Byrs said, referring to security clearance from Israeli forces to ensure they were not bombed.
The humanitarian co-ordination office was, however, still informing Israel of convoy movements. A sea blockade is still in force.
Relief convoys were being slowed by congested roads caused by the flood of returning Lebanese refugees heading back to their homes in cars.
About 10000 refugees returned to Lebanon from Syria immediately after the truce came into force on Monday, the UN Children’s Fund said. DPA, Reuters, Bloomberg