French FM: Outside forces blocking Lebanon political progress
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner threatened Monday to disclose the names of the parties that are blocking a Paris initiative to facilitate Lebanese Presidential elections, pointing an accusing finger at forces "outside" Lebanon.
Kouchner, talking to reporters after meeting parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri, said: "I want to know who is hampering and who is responsible for this. France will announce to the whole world" the side that is responsible for this situation.
"Judging by my experience, some of the parties should shoulder their responsibility, all the parties should shoulder their responsibilities, including (parties) outside the country," he added, according to A Nahar website.
"The party that is responsible for hampering a mechanism that had been agreed by all sides will be responsible for destabilizing Lebanon and its regional repercussions," Kouchner added.
Kouchner, who arrived in Beirut on Sunday evening in, also held talks with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. "We still have two more days and we will keep working," he told reporters.