Lebanon crisis: AL chief insists on progress
The chief of the Arab League insisted on progress Thursday in his mediation to resolve Lebanon's political crisis, but he said more talks are needed. Arab League chief Amr Moussa told a news conference the parties had agreed on a Cabinet of national unity, which would include opposition minority and majority members, but they wanted to discuss "guarantees" to make it work.
Moussa said he have to return to Beirut to continue his discussions with government and opposition leaders to reach an agreement. Moussa, who arrived in Beirut on Tuesday, has been shuttling between rival Lebanese leaders in a bid to end the crisis.
The formula agreed would give the anti-Syrian coalition less than two-thirds majority of the Cabinet and it would leave the opposition short of their demand for a veto-wielding one third. A neutral Cabinet minister would hold the balance. "We want to reach a formula of no victor, no vanquished ... a win-win situation," he said, according to the AP.
Earlier, a senior Lebanese political source told Reuters Moussa failed to broker a deal.