Friday, January 13, 2006
Syria agrees to border demarcation, halting attacks, huh?
Al-Arabiya did not cite any sources. They did say that the above alleged agreement between Lebanon and Syria came after Lebanese PM Fouad Siniora’s meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and French efforts. Saudi Arabia was not mentioned in the report.
End of report.
An-Nahar and al-Mustaqbal today dismissed much of what emerged from these so called mediation efforts as Syrian maneuvering. An-Nahar spoke of a "Syrian paper" to demarcate the border, halt the attacks, exchange embassies, form a joint Lebanese-Syrian security committee and coordinate foreign policies. The “Syrian paper” does not mention the Hariri investigation. But it seems that Syria wants, in exchange for the aforementioned, to spare Bashar Assad in the investigation.
Also according to an-Nahar, Hosni Mubarak presented the above proposal to Siniora, who rejected it. And we already know that the US did as well. Al-Arabiya today is suggesting French complicity, which I doubt considering that Chirac does not want to compromise.
So how do we read this Arabiya report, which is claiming that there is a deal with the Lebanese side? Notice the security agreement was dropped. Has something changed? Is this the Saudis hitting back at the Lebanese for insisting on going all the way with the investigation?
Meanwhile, ponder this:
Five trucks carrying weapons and ammunition entered Lebanon ten days ago through the Syrian border and were unloaded at a farm belonging to a “party official”, reported An-Nahar, citing official sources.
Part of Lebanon's responsibilty is to control their own border. Until they do this the country will be in trouble.