Lebanon PM slams Hizbullah chief
Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Saniora's government accused Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah of inventing facts regarding last summer's war against Israel.
A statement issued Thursday by Saniora's office said that during Nasrallah's interview with the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera television network he provided "new data" about the Israeli aggression … facts that did not exist before which is a violation of intelligence."
The statement, published Thursday by Lebanese newspapers, expressed surprise over Nasrallah's remarks when he told Al Jazeera that the request to deploy Lebanese army troops and beef up U.N. peacekeepers in the south to end the monthlong fighting between Israel and Hizbullah was his idea.
"Our national army was deployed in line with a decision taken by the Lebanese government," it said.
It said the Hizbullah chief had ignored the fact that Saniora was authorized by the cabinet to negotiate an end to the Israeli onslaught based on a five-point plan in return for exercising full government jurisdiction over all Lebanese territory.
The statement said Nasrallah has charged that the pro-government team had rejected the formation of a national unity government following the end of last summer's war, while in fact the multi-confessional Lebanese government was present.
The statement said one year after the Lebanon-Israel conflict, Nasrallah was still looking for "excuses" for the war.