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Beirut hit: the urgency to stop the war in Syria and talk
By Olga Brajnović Posted in Dialog and diplomacy, Middle East, World and Politics on May 27, 2013 One Comment
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Map of Lebanon from the CIA World Factbook. Ty...
Map of Lebanon from the CIA World Factbook. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The war in Syria is penetrating more and more Lebanon after two rockets hit a district in the southern district of Beirut a stronghold of Hezbollah, which is backing the troops of Bashar Al Assad in Syria against the opposition fighting groups. This came after a televised speech in which Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader, affirmed his commitment to fighting in the war in Syria and said that his group is fighting against religious radicals who pose a danger to Lebanon.

Until sunday, when the strikes with rockets that left at least five wounded people hit the capital, the fighting in the neighboring Syria affected bordering areas of Lebanon, and to the second city of the country, Tripoli, in the North, where 31 people have been killed and 212 wounded in a week of clashes between pro-Assad Alawites and pro-rebel Sunni Muslims, according to Al Jazeera.

These developments make more urgent the need to stop the war and begin to talk, because it is clear that there are some interests to drag Lebanon into the fighting, to internationalize the conflict, maybe to put more pressure on the table, maybe to make it impossible to negotiate. But in this negotiations they have to talk about the necessity to keep the Syrian conflict within Syria and leave Lebanon out of it; also convince Israel to don’t intervene again with bombings in Syrian soil and convince the groups fighting to leave alone the border areas of the neighboring countries with refugee camps, like Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey or Iraq. This for starters, because the idea is to talk in Geneva in June about making peace. At least this is what they said.

But to talk about peace it is necessary to have a cease-fire agreement and by now there is no sign of it. Only more violence on the ground. An effective  cease-fire is a dire need for the people trapped in the conflict and would be a sign of hope in the will of the sides to talk and to look for an end of the fighting, something didn’t happen yet. It would be a test too. It would show if the groups fighting, in both sides, are sincere and disciplined enough to keep such an agreement. And in the volatile situation on the ground with so many groups fighting this is important. If they can keep a cease-fire they would show if they would be able to keep further agreements as the ones aimed at the political solution they, or their sponsors, are looking for.

Bashar al-Assad Beirut Hassan Nasrallah Hezbollah Lebanon Syria Tripoli

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