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Thursday, 19 February 2009

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Kerry Says U.S. Will Press Syria on Hizbullah Disarmament

Visiting U.S. Senator John Kerry said on Wednesday that Washington would press Syria to help disarm Hizbullah as it forges ahead with a new diplomatic approach in the region.

"We want Syria to respect the political independence of Lebanon, we want Syria to help in the process of resolving issues with Hizbullah and with the Palestinians," said Kerry after meeting with President Michel Suleiman.

"We want Syria to help... with the disarmament of Hizbullah," said the former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate who is due to visit Damascus as part of a regional tour.

The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon said in a statement that Kerry "reaffirmed Washington's support for Lebanon" during separate talks with Suleiman, Prime Minister Fouad Saniora and parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri.

For his part, Suleiman said Washington must put pressure on Israel to "accept the terms of the 2002 Arab peace initiative which is the only opportunity for peace in the region." Suleiman also underlined Syria's "fundamental role in the region."

Kerry, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the new administration of President Barack Obama planned to adopt a new approach as it addresses key issues in the Middle East.

"Unlike the Bush administration that believed you could simply tell people what to do and walk away and wait for them to do it, we believe you have to engage in a discussion," Kerry said.

"So we are going to renew diplomacy but without any illusion, without any naivety, without any misplaced belief that just by talking things will automatically happen," he added.

"They will happen when things are met on both sides and you have to talk with people in order to understand those expectations and reach agreements."

Kerry arrived to Lebanon from Jordan on the latest leg of a regional tour that will also take him to Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Syria. Kerry was to head to Jerusalem after his stop in Beirut.(AFP-Naharnet)
 
Beirut, 18 Feb 09, 16:25


Senator John Kerry in Lebanon
Lebanon - lbci report - Joyce al Hage Khoury - Montage : Wissam Haidar - 18/02/2009

 

 

 

Live Coverage 2-19-2009
6:45pm Cabinet convened its session in the presidential palace to discuss a draft law on the 2009 state budget. The session was preceded by a closed meeting between the president and the Council of Ministers.
5:15pm Official source to VDL: There will be no new developments in the budget file before tonight's Cabinet session. The finance minister is currently making some contacts ahead of the meeting.
3:50pm MP Walid Jumblat, during a visit to Yarzeh, reaffirmed his faith in the army while Army Commander Gen. Jean Qahwaji stressed that everyone's security will be safeguarded

2:35pm Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan visited FPM leader Michel Aoun at his residence in Rabiyeh and the two men discussed preparations for the upcoming elections and ways to form electoral lists.
1:58pm Future News: Speaker Nabih Berri adjourned a parliamentary session for lack of quorum.
12:43pm Hariri said efforts undertaken by ex-Premier Hariri in the field of culture had caused a revolution in Lebanon and vowed to exert every effort to continue his father's march.
12:40pm Mustaqbal Movement MP Saad Hariri during the inauguration of Rafik Hariri College of Nursing at AUB: My father’s goal was to revive economy and strengthen democracy.
11:50am MP Robert Ghanem at parliament: We wonder why the army and security forces are continuously attacked and held responsible for many issues.
11:48am MP Michel Moussa during a parliamentary session: We appreciate the efforts to uncover the fate of Engineer Joseph Sader and we urge for his return to his family and hometown.
11:45am Middle East Airlines pilots held a one-hour strike to protest captain Ghassan Miqdad’s murder in Ouzai on Wednesday.
11:20am Shots were fired in the air during the funeral procession for slain MEA pilot Ghassan Miqdad in Ouzai.
11:00am VDL: A bomb went off around midnight under the vehicle of Ali Shartouni in the town of Tair Dibba in south Lebanon, causing material damage only.

 10:40am March 14 official Fares Soaid to LBC: Hariri’s 4th assassination anniversary showed that March 8 forces won’t win the elections.
 10:30am: Hizbullah statement: We denounce the Zionist undermining of holy religious symbols, we call on all concerned international, legal, civil and religious authorities to initiate a united act denouncing this crime.
 9:45am: Tourism Minister Elie Marouni to Future News: There is an exit plan for the budget issue that would be proposed at the cabinet meeting today.
 8:25am MP Boutros Harb to VDL: Adopting the law that would try top leaders will constitute a threat to governance in Lebanon.
 8:15am Minister Jean Oghassabian to VDL: The cabinet will discuss ways to provide the amount of 73 billion LL to implement projects.
 7:30am A container-truck deviated from its lane on the Dora highway, causing a huge traffic jam.

Thursday YaLibnan/NNA.GOV.LB
04:55 Future TV: Minister Ghazi Aridi denied the presence of any barter deal between Jumblatt and Minster Arslan in the Aley electoral or an any agreement with Speaker Nabih Berri in the southern electoral district . He also said that the dispute with Hezbollah is not over its hostility towards Israel but due to its relationship with the Syrian regime , Iranian and Syrian interference in Lebanese affairs and the use of its weapons against the Lebanese citizens.
04:34 Finance Minister Shatah : we have reached a solution for the issue of the South Lebanon Council
04:03 Guardian UK interview : Assad said he was unconcerned by the opening on 1 March of the UN tribunal investigating the Hariri assassination. He also said : "There is no substitute for the United States," and urged Obama to restore Damascus envoy.
03:21 Iran refusing to co-operate with nuclear inspectors, says UN 's Mohamed ElBaradei . On the hand he said Iran has slowed the expansion of its Natanz enrichment site21
03:20 Two men are vying for the post of director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency to replace Mohamed El Baradei: 1- Japan's Yukiya Amano 2- South Africa's Abdul Samad Minty .
03:16 Syrian Muslim Brotherhood: Peace with Israel is not an acceptable option. Their chief Ali Sadreddine Bayanouni said "Syria, which is the only Arab country with an occupied territory will not be able to liberate its land through peace means and the only option is resistance "
02:20 There is a rumor circulating in Beirut claiming that Hezbollah may renege on its agreement with Hariri with regards to the seat allocations of the 2nd electoral district of Beirut . The agreement was made in Doha during the Doha accord talks. The reason Hezbollah may be backing off is the concern of March 8 about the unpopularity of General Aoun and the expected drastic reduction in the size of his parliamentary bloc. Hezbollah according to the rumor thinks it can get 2 additional seats in Beirut if it reneges on the deal with Hariri
00:05 Iran made a ( pilotless ) drone capable of reaching Israel according to Iranian DM General Ahmad Wahidi . The name of the drone is " A Saiqa " or Azrakhsh
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Live Coverage 2-18-2009
6:50pm Kerry reaffirmed Washington's support for Lebanon in separate talks with President Michel Suleiman, Premier Fouad Saniora and parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri.
6:45pm MP Walid Jumblat met with Minister Talal Arslan at the former's residence in Clemenceau.
4:40pm LF's foreign relations advisor, in talks with Kerry, asked the senator to press Syria into demarcating its borders, implement Resolution 1701 and stop arms flow into Lebanon.
3:50pm: Premier Fouad Saniora met with U.S Senator John Kerry to discuss domestic and regional developments in addition to Lebanese-American ties.
3:10pm: U.S. Democratic Senator John Kerry has arrived in Beirut on a private military jet coming from Amman. He was met at the airport by the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon.
3:02pm: March 14: The parliamentary minority's insistence on having veto power is an indirect attempt to amend the Taef accord.
3:00pm: Defense Minister Elias Murr after talks with the Egyptian president: Egypt is prepared to manufacture weapons for the Lebanese army if the need arises and says support for the Lebanese military is unlimited.
2:02pm: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea: The Phalange-Murr alliance constitutes an end and the beginning of an epoch in the Metn. Security during elections is a political decision for all parties regardless whether polls held in 1 day or 10.
2:00pm: Citizens blocked the Ouzai road burning tires in protest for the murder of MEA Captain Miqdad. The Lebanese army intervened and opened the road.
1:15pm: Parliamentary Administration and Justice Committee accepted PM Saniora’s call for a committee session next Wednesday to listen to his idea regarding the establishment of a Ministry of Planning.
1:10pm: Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir discussed political developments with MPs Strida Geagea and Elie Kairouz.
11:55am: Middle East Airlines Chairman Mohammad al-Hout addressing employees’ sit-in at Beirut airport: Available information points that Capt. Ghassan Miqdad’s murder was personal in nature. This is not connected to the kidnapping of Joseph Sader.

 11:30am: MP Hadi Hobeish to LBC: The parliamentary elections would be held on the principle of those who win govern through democratic means. Those seeking to hold the elections over a 2-day period have their reasons for doing so. 
 11:12am Phalange leader Amin Gemayel to LBC: I was informed by some official authorities that the language of threats against some figures has returned. We are in continuous contact with MP Michel Murr. 
 11:00am MEA employees stage a one-hour work stoppage starting 11 am to protest against the kidnapping of colleague Joseph Sader.
 10:45am Minister Mohammed Shatah to LBC: The Council for the South was depicted as belonging to one party and its outcome as a political victory.
 10:18am The price of gasoline has jumped by LL 300 per 20 liters, while gas prices increased by LL 100 and one ton of fuel by $4. 
 10:15am MP Samir Franjieh to Future News: There are Arab efforts to reach inter-Arab reconciliation. Locally, this means that Hizbullah should return to the Arab fold through the Lebanese gate.
 8:49am VDL: Assailants tossed a bomb near a school run by UNRWA in Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp. No casualties were reported.
 8:47am VDL: The bullet-riddled body of MEA captain, Ghassan Hassan Miqdad, was found in his car in Beirut’s Ouzai neighborhood.
 7:35am Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel to VDL: I think MP Michel Murr is fully ready to cooperate. My son Sami will lead the Phalange candidates on Murr’s ticket in Metn.

Wednesday YaLibnan/NNA.GOV.LB
23:45 Iranian Foreign Minister sent a letter to the United Nations to demand a UN commission to investigate the case of four missing Iranian diplomats
23:43 Obama and Gates at Odds Over New Whistleblower Protections
23:30 UNRWA calls for $345 million aid to rebuild Gaza
23:24 Egypt declares the postponement of the inter Palestinian dialogue
23:16 An Israeli bus was attacked with 2 Molotov cocktails near el Oroub camp in Khalil district in the West Bank
23:15 "LBC": One person was shot dead by unidentified men who robbed the car on the Balmend road and fled to an unknown destination
23:10 Cyprus allowed the Iranian ship to leave the port of Limassol after it emptied its cargo in Cyprus
22:38 British report revealed that Syria has increased its arsenal of Chemical weapons
22:21 Israeli president Peres has started the difficult task of consultations with Livni and Netanyahu over the formation of a government
22:17 Sami Gemayel: The last speech of Hassan Nasrallah clearly indicated his refusal of the Swiss model and his preference for the Gaza model
21:50 UK: A Super Puma helicopter with 18 people on board crashed into the North Sea , 120 miles east of Aberdeen. All 16 passengers and both crew members were later pulled from the water and flown back to the mainland for hospital treatment.
21:47 the bodyguard of MP Osama Saad fired at one of the residents in Sidon ( Saida)
21:41 Sami Gemayel : There is no way we can agree with Aoun's position on the issue of the arms or their defense of the obstruction
21:26 The US army in Iraq found Iranian arms made in 2008
21:00 Kerry left Beirut for Jordan.
20:41 Hezbollah’s Naim Qassem: Anyone not on our (parliamentary) ticket is an opponent. We prefer to win the upcoming elections by people’s votes and not through overseas money transfers.
19:28 Special International Tribunal will officially start operating on March 1
18:50 Kerry reaffirmed Washington's support for Lebanon in separate talks with President Michel Suleiman, PM Siniora and parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri. He said he would ask Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad why his country has not yet appointed a Syrian ambassador to Lebanon, and would ask Syria to help…with the disarmament of Hezbollah.” “We want Syria to respect the political independence of Lebanon" He added. He concluded : Syria has to change its behavior and should respect the Lebanese elections
18:42 Minister Nassib Lahoud to run on March 14 electoral list in Metn as the head Democratic Renewal Movement. Praised the agreement between Kataeb and Murr. Hailed Murr’s statement that Lahoud is an honorable man with an electoral base in Metn,
18:17 Two people Maxim Kaab and Khodr Mansour were transported to Al-Hamshari hospital for treatment after being shot by an indentified person in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian Refugee camp
18:45 MP Walid Jumblat met at his residence in Clemenceau with Youth and Sports Minister Talal Arslan
17:52 NNA : 19 Israeli soldiers approached the Blue Line near the town of Ghajar and the eastern side of the Wazzani river in South Lebanon.
17:24 Nadim Gemayel called for the removal of Syrian based Palestinian PFLP-GC armed base in Naameh south of Beirut. The head of PFLP-GC, Ahmad Jibril is based in Syria
17:23 Residents reported they heard gunshots and four explosions from the Shebaa Farms area between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m., as Israeli warplanes were flying over Shebaa
17:19 MPs Streeda Geagea and Elie Kayrouz are meeting with PM Siniora
16:40 LF's foreign relations adviser Elie Khoury , in talks with US Senator John Kerry. He asked the senator to press Syria into demarcating its borders, implementing resolution 1701 and stopping arms flow into Lebanon.
16:09 Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace when they flew over Shebaa Farms and al-Arqoub
15:50 : PM Siniora met with U.S Senator John Kerry to discuss domestic and regional developments in addition to Lebanese-American ties.
15:41 : Saudi source: Iran's remarks against Bahrain are flagrant infringement on the sovereignty and independence of the kingdom of Bahrain
15:10 MP Ahmad Fattouh said let's stop this talk about holding the elections in stages .,..the decision has already been made by the parliament to hold it in one day . He added that he will hold the March 8 opposition responsible for any obstruction of the elections
15:04 US Senator John Kerry and accompanying delegation arrived at the Baabda palace to meet president Suleiman
15:02: March 14: The parliamentary minority's insistence on having veto power is an indirect attempt to amend the Taef accord.
15:00 : Defense Minister Elias Murr after talks with the Egyptian president: Egypt is prepared to manufacture weapons for the Lebanese army if the need arises and says support for the Lebanese military is unlimited.
14:54 MPs Geagea and Kayrouz said Aoun's call for 2 day elections is against the Lebanese election law
14:32 MP Saad Hariri will meet at 3 PM today at his residence in Quraitem Senator John Kerry ,Chairman of US Foreign Relations committee with an accompanying delegation
14:30 The head of the Free Shiite Movement Sheikh Mohammad el Hajj Hassan has decided run in the parliamentary elections in the Baalbek - Hermel district. During the announcement of his candidacy he reiterated his belief in a strong independent, sovereign and Free Lebanese state
14:02 : Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea praised the Phalange-Murr alliance and said it constitutes the beginning of a new era in the Metn. He said the alliance in the Metn will be complete when the Lebanese Forces also joins it with Nassib Lahoud and Eddy Abillamaa. He described the call ( by Aoun) for 2 day election " not an innocent suggestion " .
14:00 : Citizens blocked the Ouzai road burning tires to protest the murder of MEA Pilot Miqdad. The Lebanese army intervened and opened the road.
13:22 Israeli cabinet decided to link Israeli soldier’s release to Gaza truce and opening of crossings. Will not open Gaza border crossings or extend truce until release of soldier Gilad Shalit
13:15 : Parliamentary Administration and Justice Committee invited PM Siniora for a committee session next Wednesday to listen to his idea regarding the establishment of a Ministry of Planning.
13 :10 : Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir discussed political developments with MPs Strida Geagea and Elie Kairouz.
11:55 : Middle East Airlines Chairman Mohammad al-Hout addressing employees’ sit-in at Beirut airport: Available information reveals that Capt. Ghassan Miqdad’s murder was personal in nature. This is not connected to the kidnapping of Joseph Sader.
11:52 The Information Technology Commission convened on Wednesday to discuss the wiretapping issue.
11:50 : Ahmed Ali al-Imam, Special Advisor to the Sudanese President, arrived in Beirut to participate in a conference for Palestinian clergy in exile.
11:30 : MP Hadi Hobeish told LBC: The parliamentary elections would be held on the principle of those who win govern through democratic means. Those seeking to hold the elections over a 2-day period have their reasons for doing so. He defends March 14 alliance with Michel al-Murr
11:12 Phalange leader Amin Gemayel told LBC: I was informed by some official authorities that the language of threats against some figures has returned. We are in continuous contact with MP Michel Murr.
11:05 Hezbollah political bureau member Ghaleb Abu Zeinab told NBN TV: March 14’s position in elections is not promising
11:00 MEA employees stage a one-hour work stoppage starting 11 am to protest against the kidnapping of colleague Joseph Sader.
10:45 Minister Mohammed Shatah told LBC: The Council for the South was depicted as belonging to one party and its outcome as a political victory.
10:18 The price of gasoline is up just over 1 % . The new prices per 20 liters are : Unleaded 98: 25,200 LL Unleaded 95: 24,500 LL Diesel: 14,600 LL
10:15 MP Samir Franjieh told Future News: There are Arab efforts to reach inter-Arab reconciliation. Locally, this means that Hezbollah should return to the Arab fold through the Lebanese gate.
8:47 VOL: The bullet-riddled body of MEA pilot, Ghassan Hassan Miqdad,55, was found in his car in Beirut’s Ouzai neighborhood. 2 weeks ago Miqdad had reported his house was robbed. Maqdad’s brother Mohammad was also found dead in his car in December of 2008.
8:43 Chehayeb told VOL: New alliances and centrist bloc will affect outcome of elections . with regards to the killing of Lutfi Zeineddine he said “We are waiting for the judicial authorities to bring the suspects to trial,”.
7:35 Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel told VOL: I think MP Michel Murr is fully ready to cooperate and will also be discussing with Tashnaq possibility of forging alliance. My son Sami will lead the Phalange candidates on Murr’s ticket in Metn.
0:41 New TV in breach of the confidentiality of publication of the names of the judges of the International Tribunal Court
0:34 Hezbollah failed in obtaining anti aircraft arms. Tried first to buy them from Russia via but Russia refused. Hezbollah then tried to buy them on the black market from north Korea , but failed according to knowledgeable political sources
0:25 Warning about a christian -Christian abolition war as a result of the extremism of general Michel Aoun
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Live Coverage 2-17-2009
5:15pm Defense Minister Elias Murr left for Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials.
4:30pm: EU Foreign relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, left Beirut to Brussels following the end of her official visit to Lebanon.
3:30pm: Former PM Omar Karami following his meeting with the Greek ambassador: We call on politicians from all sects to commit to calming things down, we hope to hold peaceful elections and that those capable of reviving state institutions would win.
1:22pm MEA employees will hold a one-hour strike on Wednesday to protest the kidnapping of their colleague Youssef Sader.
1:15pm Ferrero-Waldner: The government has agreed to an EU commission to ensure all preparations are made prior to the elections.
1:14pm Ferrero-Waldner: We want to see the Syrian side move on the issue of diplomatic relations with Lebanon.
1:13pm We back the investigation and the international tribunal. We have pledged 1.5 million dollars, Ferrero-Waldner told the news conference.
1:10pm Ferrero-Waldner: The biggest challenge is the parliamentary elections. We are helping the Lebanese government and are ready to send a delegation to monitor the elections.
1:09pm EU's commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner said at a news conference after meeting PM Saniora: We have talked at length about the intra-Lebanese dialogue. I hope it would lead to reconciliation.
12:15pm: Waldner meets Prime Minister Fouad Saniora at Grand Serail.
12:00pm Future News: MP Saad Hariri informed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that Defense Minister Elias Murr will arrive in Cairo today to discuss Egyptian assistance to the Lebanese army.

 11:00am Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is meeting with MP Saad Hariri in Cairo.
 10:50am European Union's commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, headed to Baabda palace after her meeting with Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh.
 8:30am MP Samir Franjieh to VDL: Aoun’s proposal for 2-day elections paved the way for possible postponement of the polls under the pretext of security.
 8:00am MP Ammar Houry to VDL: I fear that Gen. Michel Aoun’s proposal for holding the elections in 2 days is a threshold to scrapping the polls.
 7:50am VDL: Assailants tossed a grenade in the Tayyouneh roundabout last night, causing no casualties. A concussion grenade was also tossed near Mohammed Shamas café, injuring a man named Ala Bou Karroum.

 
Tuesday YaLibnan/NNA.GOV.LB
20:20 Al Manar TV: Opposition ministers will hold a meeting tonight in the presence of Speaker Berri to discuss the issue of the Council for the South.
20:20 Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman: Hariri's trip to Egypt was successful and our position was made perfectly clear with regards to Lebanon. Our support for holding the elections in Lebanon in one day and on schedule was very clear
20:16 Daily Telegraph : Did Israel start a secret war against Iran ? Israel is using assassins, sabotage, double agents and front companies to interrupt and delay Islamic Republic's nuclear drive according to the paper
19:30 MP Saad Hariri is meeting minister Elias Murr at his residence in Cairo . Murr , who is heading a military delegation arrived today in Cairo
19:50 Al Manar sources: the president is insisting on a solution for the south Lebanon council problem and for resolving the impasse over the budget
19:46 Ali Hassan Khalil told Al Manar: The south Lebanon council must be given a suitable budget and we call for the approval of the budget as soon as possible . We are debating all the issues in a positive manner
18:18 Hamas' Mishaal : There wont be a truce unless the blockade is ended and the crossings were opened
18:10 Al Arabiya : Al Qaeda leader Abu Hareth Muhammad al Awfi surrenders to the Saudi authorities . He is one of the leaders that operated out of Yemen
18:03 Defense minister Murr departed to Cairo accompanied by a military delegation to meet with Egyptian officials
18:00 Sfeir : There are those who only care about their own power and authority regardless what happens to the state
16:35 Olmert : First Shalit should be freed and after that will agree on opening the crossings
16:30 : EU Foreign relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, left Beirut to Brussels following the end of her official visit to Lebanon.
16:19 Jaraah from Mourab : March 14 will no longer agree on offering a blocking one third share in a new cabinet
16:15 Mokhaiber : The meeting over the reduction in the voting age will be held on March 19
16:10 Kahwaji met with the head of US Foreign relations committee the issue of military cooperation between both countries
15:55 President Michel Suleiman hailed Lebanon-EU relations after meeting with the European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy in Baabda on Tuesday . Suleiman expressed his appreciation for the grants the EU has awarded to Lebanon.
15:40 Information Minister Tarek Mitri said after meeting with Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir on Tuesday that the Lebanese government is committed to seeing the parliamentary elections held on the date scheduled, June 7. This was in response to Aoun's call for elections to be held in 2 days
15:30 : Former PM Omar Karami following his meeting with the Greek ambassador: We call on politicians from all sects to commit to calming things down, we hope to hold peaceful elections and that those capable of reviving state institutions would win.
15:10 Hariri is now meeting with Egyptian FM Abou Geith in Cairo
14:45 Hezbollah meeting tomorrow to prepare for the elections
14:10Finance minister Shatah met with the head of the council of the south Qabalan Qabalan to go over the projects that the council intends to pursue
14:00 Gemayel from Belgium : We should continue to exert pressure to find out the status of the Lebanese missing in Syria and for finding a solution for Shebaa farms
13:22 MEA employees will hold a one-hour strike on Wednesday to protest the kidnapping of their colleague Youssef Sader.
13:15 Ferrero-Waldner: The government has agreed to an EU commission to ensure all preparations are made prior to the elections.
13:14 Ferrero-Waldner: We want to see the Syrian side move on the issue of diplomatic relations with Lebanon.
13:13 We back the investigation and the international tribunal. We have pledged 1.5 million dollars, Ferrero-Waldner told the news conference.
1:10 Ferrero-Waldner: The biggest challenge is the parliamentary elections. We are helping the Lebanese government and are ready to send a delegation to monitor the elections.
13:09 EU's commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner said at a news conference after meeting PM Saniora: We hope the intra-Lebanese dialogue would lead to reconciliation.
12:50 MP Robert Ghanem said that he supported holding the upcoming elections in one day, especially since the parliament had already adopted this decision in . Ghanem called for calm from all parties until the elections are held, so they would be carried out democratically.
12:40 MP Michel Murr: The electoral alliance with the Phalange has been finalized. It will be announced after former President Amin Gemayel’s return from Belgium. Murr accuses FPM of back-stabbing
12:15 Ferrero-Waldner is meeting with PM Saniora at the Grand Serail.
12:00 Future News: MP Saad Hariri informed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that Defense Minister Elias Murr will arrive in Cairo today to discuss Egyptian assistance to the Lebanese army.
11:53 Quorum not reached for joint parliamentary commissions to hold their meeting in Nejmeh Square
11:45 Salloukh welcomes international body to monitor elections as long as it was approved by the cabinet.
11:44 The head of the Kataeb's emmigrant committee, Antoine Richa says Gemayel and Murr have resolved differences, parliamentary seats to be agreed on
11:04 MP Mustafa Allouch told New TV: Nasrallah does not accept full partnership, especially on matters related to the Resistance. We want all the Resistance to be in the hands of the state, rather than [the state] being dragged into a war by one faction.
11:00 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is meeting with MP Saad Hariri in Cairo.
10:50 European Union's commissioner for external relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, headed to Baabda palace after her meeting with Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh.
10:45 march 14 coordinator Soueid criticizes Nasrallah’s statement ( Monday in his televised speech ) on the obstructing third vote
10:43 Army Intelligence conducts a raid on petrol station in 24 hours and confiscates the car of a person accused of spying for Israel
10:21 German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives in Iraq on surprise visit. The visit sends a signal that the German government supports the Obama policy for the Middle East, according to German diplomats
8:30 MP Samir Franjieh told VOL: Aoun’s demand for holding the elections in 2 days is due to his decreasing popularity and is to pave the way for possible postponement or scrapping of the polls under the pretext of security.
8:00 MP Ammar Houry told VOL: I fear that Gen. Michel Aoun’s proposal for holding the elections in 2 days ( instead of the agreed 1 day ) is an attempt to cancel the elections, especially after the deterioration in his bloc’s popularity.
7:50 VOL: Assailants tossed a grenade in the Tayyouneh roundabout last night, causing no casualties. A concussion grenade was also tossed near Mohammed Shamas café, injuring a man named Ala Bou Karroum.
6:22 Berri was invited by his Iranian counterpart ( Ali Larijani ) to attend a parliamentary conference early March I Tehran to support Gaza and Plaestine
6:14 An Nahar : a final electoral partnership agreement was reached between Michel Murr and Amin Gemayel . The details of the agreement will be announced after Gemayel returns from Belgium
5:59 The army command denies the reports claiming the army has received the kidnapped Joseph Sader from an influential party. "The report is a total fabrication" the command stated
5:47 The Prime Minister's office responded to Berri who claimed the council of the south did not receive a penny: " 90 billion LL were paid to the council and the last payment of 10 billion was paid on Jan. 5, 2009
04:06 Hezbollah source: Damascus is sending a threatening letter through the attacks on the supporters of March 14 alliance . The source rushed to deny any Hezbollah involvement in the attack and blamed it on Syria's political allies ...the smaller parties in the March 8th alliance . "These smaller pro- Syrian parties were disturbed by the scene of hundreds of thousands who protested against the Syrian regime during the Hariri commemoration rally. " The source said and added: "Another problem is the fact that Syria is insisting on having 10 to 15 member parliamentary bloc and this is not acceptable to Hezbollah or March 8 , for this reason we are concerned that the Saturday incident may be a sample of what is expected during the elections "
4:01 El Seyassah : The Druze of Mt Lebanon were targeted last Saturday by Intelligence elements ( outside the control of Hezbollah and Amal ...read Syria ) because of their strong participation in the Hariri commemoration
3:49 El Seyassah : The Syrian security chief, General Mohammad Mansoura and several officers were involved in the assassination of Mughniyah
3:00 pentagon: The military dialogue between Washington and Beijing will resume end February
2:52 Kuwait declares its support to Bahraini Independence against Iranian territorial claims
2:44 Obama will soon declare the number of additional troops he will be sending to Afghanistan
2:38 Obama had fruitful discussion with Turkish president Gul and prime minister Erdogan
2:31 Russian president Medvedev and British PM Brown and German chancellor Merkel discussed preparation for G20 summit
2:16 2 people in Afghanistan were sentenced to 20 years in jail because of mistakes in the translation of the Koran
2:05 Washington Post called n Mubarak to release his opponents from jail before Obama visits Egypt
1:23 Bahrain declares its support for the Egyptian efforts over inter Palestinian reconciliations
0:33 Israel confiscates Palestinian properties to expand a settlement in the West bank
0:27 Russia expressed its concern over the Iranian nuclear program

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Live Coverage 2-16-2009
9:40pm Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri left for a meeting with Egyptian President Husni Mubarak and senior officials in Cairo.
8:31pm Nasrallah urged MPs to adopt a law allowing those who are 18 years old to vote in the forthcoming elections.
8:30pm Nasrallah said Lebanon needs a national unity cabinet with a spirit of consensus.
8:29pm I say that if the resistance wind the election we would offer the other side a veto power in cabinet. If they refuse, we will rule without consensus, but with a national perspective.
8:26pm Nasrallah said Lebanon can only ruled by consensus, irrespective of whoever wins the majority in the elections.
8:23pm Nasrallah said lets set the stage for the elections without provocation.
8:21pm He relayed condolences to the Progressive Socialist Party.
8:20pm Nasrallah desribed Lutfy Zaineddine as a Martyr "like other martyrs who fell in similar incidents."
8:18pm Nasrallah said the escalation of rhetoric resulted in violence, however, violence is denounced.
8:17pm The violence that happened two days ago is denounced, Nasrallah said.

 8:13pm We should respect their martyrs and they should respect our martyrs, Nasrallah said.
 8:11pm We hope one day the blood of martyrs would bind the Lebanese together, Nasrallah said.
 8:10pm Nasrallah welcomed any inter-Arab reconciliation, especially between Saudi Arabia and Syria.
 8:09pm Nasrallah urged all the nation to support the resistance option.
 8:07pm, Despite the fact that they killed Mughniyeh a year ago, this year the Israelis were more scared of him than ever before, Nasrallah said.
 8:05pm Nasrallah said Arab Armies have never been weak, Arab decision makers have been weak.
 8:04pm Nasrallah said "we also have the right to use these weapons."
 8:03pm Nasrallah said it is our right to possess any weapons, including Air Defense, to defend our land.
 8:01pm Nasrallah said the resistance has enough courage to use air defense weapons, if possessed.
 7:59pm Nasrallah said the students on Mughnieh, Abbas Moussawi and Ragheb Harb would destroy the Israeli Army if it tried to invade Lebanon.
 7:57pm Nasrallah said the main lesson learned from the Gaza war is that the Israeli army is not capable of winning a battle.
 7:56pm Nasrallah said the Israelis did not try to storm residential areas in Gaza strip because they were "scared of facing the resistance."
 7:52pm Nasrallah said Israel is not as mighty as it used to be and the resistance is not as weak as it used to be.
 7:47pm Nasrallah said all Israeli leaders were defeated in Lebanon.
 7:44pm The Kuwai Summit indicated that the Arab peace Initiative would not remain on the table, Nasrallah said.
 7:43pm the more concessions the Arabs give, the more arrogant Israel becomes, Nasrallah said.
 7:39pm He said the third option rejects settlement with the enemy. It is the resistance option.
 7:38pm The second option was to conclude a settlement with the enemy, he added.
 7:36pm One of the options was to cooperate with the enemy, Nasrallah said.
 7:35pm Nasrallah said Lebanon is split over major political strategies.
 7:20pm Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah starts address on the first anniversary of Imad Mughniyeh's assassination.

4:53pm Aoun said he wants pledges by the interior and defense ministers that security would prevail over all of Lebanon for the elections, if not then elections should be held along two days.
4:47pm Aoun accused ISF commander Gen. Ashraf Rifi of leaking information to the media, especially an-Nahar newspaper.
4:46pm Aoun said the majority has no right to raise the corruption issue because its officials are involved in corruption.
4:45pm Aoun called for a "financial investigation" into the corrpution file.
4:43 Aoun said ministers are asked to look into the illegal arrest of the four generals.
4:38pm FPM leader Michel Aoun said the sbuduction of MEA Eployee Youssef Sader is a major challenge to the security forces.
2:45pm March 14 forces urged the army and authorities to take responsibility in curbing attacks on citizens.
2:10pm Public transportation owners in Baalbek – Hermel staged a sit-in protesting attacks against them on the Bhamdoun road. They blocked the international highway for 10 minutes before troops intervened and reopened the road.
2:05pm The prime minister’s office responded to Berri about Council for the South, saying the fiscal budget earmarked for administrative work is paid annually and is included in the budget.
1:15pm: Lutfi Zeineddine's funeral underway at Shibaniyeh attended by al-Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri and 'Democratic Gathering' bloc MP Walid Jumblat.
12:45 Jumblat ahead of Zeineddine's funeral: The army fulfilled its duty and we await justice to take its course.
12:00pm: Lebanese Forces: It is unacceptable that, 4 days after the kidnapping of Joseph Sader in clear daylight, his whereabouts remain unknown and that the security forces still know nothing about him. This is scandalous.
11:50am: MP Walid Jumblat arrived in Shibaniyeh to participate in the funeral of Lutfi Zeineddine.
11:20am: National News Agency: Security forces foiled a robbery attempt at Nahr Ibrahim arresting all Syrian assailants. 11:00am: Philippines Foreign Minister arrived in Beirut on an official visit.
10:45am: Lebanese army strengthens its security measures from the town of Alley to Bhamdoun, Soufar, Mudairej and Dahr el-Baidar conducting check points and inspecting vehicles.
10:00am: MP Akram Shuhayeb to Future TV: Arrests have been made in relation to the killing of Lutfi Zeineddine, the military played its role in full, over 15 individuals that participated in the riots have been identified seven of whom have been arrested.
9:00am: Tourisim Minister Elie Marouni to VDL: All issues should be discussed at the cabinet meeting and in particular the issue of disarming citizens.
8:20am The Army: Information that Sader was handed over to the Army was a message to his parents that he was doing well. His kidnapping is linked to contacts he allegedly made with Israel.
8:15am The Lebanese Army Command denied that MEA official Joseph Sader, who was kidnapped last week, was handed over to the Army intelligence by an influential party.
7:40am March 14 official Fares Soaid to VDL: The elections are not threatened. The Lebanese state should keep security during the election period.

 
Monday YaLibnan/NNA.GOV.LB
21:40 Parliament majority leader MP Saad Hariri left for a meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and senior officials in Cairo.
20:30 Nasrallah said :Lebanon can only be ruled by consensus, regardless who wins the elections and that Lebanon needs a national unity cabinet with a spirit of consensus. "If the resistance wins the election we would offer the other side a veto power in cabinet. If they refuse, we will rule without consensus." He said
19:35 Nasrallah said Hezbollah is faced with 3 options in dealing with Israel: 1- cooperate 2- settle 3- resist ..he added : the more concessions you give Israel the more arrogant it becomes . Nasrallah urged all the nation to support the resistance option.
He said :Despite the fact that the Israelis killed Mughniyeh a year ago, today they are still more scared of him than ever before
19:20 Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah started his televised speech commemorating the first anniversary of Imad Mughniyah's assassination.
16:55 MP Michel Aoun after a meeting of change an d reform bloc: For security reasons, parliamentary elections cannot be held in single day. The constitution should be amended and the elections should be held in two stages. Aoun attacked ISF commander Gen. Ashraf Rifi and accused him of leaking information to the media, especially an-Nahar newspaper.
16:50 PM Fouad Siniora chaired a security meeting in the Grand Serail on Monday attended by Interior Minister Ziad Baroud, Army Commander General Jean Kahwaji, Internal Security Forces Director General Ashraf Rifi, General Security Forces Chief Wafiq Jezzini , Head of the Army Intelligence Edmond Fadel and the general director of the state security services.
14:10 Public transportation owners in Baalbek - Hermel staged a sit-in protesting attacks against them on the Bhamdoun road. They blocked the international highway for 10 minutes before troops intervened and reopened the road.
14:05 The prime minister’s office responded to Berri about Council for the South, saying the fiscal budget earmarked for administrative work is paid annually and is included in the budget.
13:15 : Lutfi Zeineddine's funeral underway at Chbaniye attended by al-Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri and 'Democratic Gathering' bloc MP Walid Jumblat.
12:45 Jumblat ahead of Zeineddine's funeral: The army fulfilled its duty and we await justice to take its course.
12:00 : Lebanese Forces: It is unacceptable that, 4 days after the kidnapping of Joseph Sader in clear daylight, his whereabouts remain unknown and that the security forces still know nothing about him. This is scandalous.
11:54 Palestinian killed in Gaza explosion
11:50 : MP Walid Jumblat arrived in Chbaniye to participate in the funeral of Lutfi Zeineddine.
11:20 : National News Agency: Security forces foiled a robbery attempt at Nahr Ibrahim arresting all Syrian assailants.
11:00 : Philippines Foreign Minister arrived in Beirut on an official visit.
10:55 MP Hussein Hajj Hassan told NBN TV that PSP leader Walid Jumblatt’s speech on Sunday “was responsible and open..and Nasrallah too will call for reducing tension in his speech today "
10:45 : Lebanese army heightened security measures from Alley to Bhamdoun, Sofar, Mudairej and Dahr el-Baidar setting up checkpoints and inspecting vehicles.
10:00 : MP Akram Shuhayeb to Future TV: Arrests have been made in relation to the killing of Lutfi Zeineddine, the military played its role in full, over 15 individuals that participated in the riots have been identified seven of whom have been arrested.
8:33 Minister of Tourism Elie Marouni told the Voice of Lebanon that he feared that a certain Lebanese party’s arms would complicate the upcoming parliamentary elections and called for the cabinet to prohibit citizens from carrying weapons .
8:20 The Army: Information that Sader was handed over to the Army was a message to his parents that he was doing well. His kidnapping is linked to contacts he allegedly made with Israel.
8:15 The Lebanese Army Command denied the An-Nahar report that MEA official Joseph Sader, who was kidnapped last week, was handed over to the Army intelligence by powerful party.
7:40 March 14 official Fares Soaid told VOL: The elections are not jeopardized . The Lebanese state should keep security during the election period.
0:30 March 14 coordinator Suaid told LBC : The president has personally assumed the responsibility of the security during the elections. Some of the terminology we are hearing is unacceptable such as what Nasrallah said: "If any arm approaches the Hezbollah weapons it will be amputated" . The problem in Lebanon:" there is a party that refuses to carry arms and another that insists on using its arms to intimidate the rest of us."
0:07 Elaf : March 14 was successful in responding to the May 7 uprising 23:49 US envoy
Richard Holbrouk has arrived in New Delhi after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Live Coverage 2-15-2009
 8:00pm LBC: Security forces have so far arrested 7 suspects in connection with Hariri rally attacks.
 7:20pm Security sources said Jlala-Taalbaya road has been reopened.
 6:50pm Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel offered condolences to Zeiniddine family, criticizing those “who reject democracy and insist on spreading the culture of death and destruction across the nation.”
 6:42pm OTV: Jlala-Taalbaya road blocked following a dispute between residents of both towns.
 6:00pm Egyptian ambassador telephoned MP Saad Hariri on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of ex-PM Rafik Hariri’s assassination, stressing Egypt’s keenness and full support for Lebanon’s stability.
 5:20pm Jumblat after offering condolences to Zeineddine family in Shbaniyeh: A significant political dispute exists, but we don’t have enemies at home. The mind tells us not to react.
 3:30pm The PSP said Lutfi Zeineddine, who died of injuries after a knife attack as he headed home on Saturday from a rally by March 14 Forces, was a party member .
 2:36pm: Message from Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun to Lebanese expatriates: We hope you would make an effort and come to Lebanon, because the current opportunity might not be repeated.
 2:00pm: Military Command affirms it is pursuing suspects in attacks that followed a rally by March 14 Forces on Saturday.
 1:50pm: Public school teachers call for a general sit-in next Friday in front of the Grand Serail, and a strike next March 2. Teachers also called for studying possibility of boycotting next parliamentary elections.
3:30pm The PSP said Lutfi Zeineddine, who died of injuries after a knife attack as he headed home on Saturday from a rally by March 14 Forces, was a party member .
1:40pm: Lebanese Forces denounced the grenade attack at its Sin el-Fil location saying this attempt won’t dissuade us from continuing the struggle for achieving the goals of the cedar revolution.
1:10pm: MP Saad Hariri announced the obituary of Lutfi Zeineddine calling on security and judicial authorities to take responsibility in going after those that attack peaceful convoys of Lebanese citizens.
9:40am: Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir Sunday Sermon: Remembering the Lebanese faces whom we lost is a testimony of loyalty to them. Some individuals attacked and beat others that had participated in commemorating this painful anniversary.
7:30am: LBC: Citizen Lutfi Zeineddine died suffering from injuries resulting from yesterday's Beirut clashes between pro and anti March 14 rally commemorating Rafic Hariri.

 
Sunday YaLibnan/NNA.GOV.LB
22:46 Marwan Barghouty is expected be released within days
22:25 Olmert : Israel wont open the crossing before Shalit is released
21:53 Amr Moussa is facing difficulties in clearing the air within the Arab league states
20:30 The funeral of Mufeed Hussein Hussein Bashnaq was held today in Mrusti. PSP and Labor liberation Movement organized his funeral. He died yesterday of a heart attack while attending the February 14 anniversary of at the Martyrs Square
20:26 Saudi Egyptian consultations over the efforts regarding a truce in Gaza
20:13 Taleban fighters in Pakistan declare a 10 day truce
20:00 LBC: Security forces have so far arrested 7 suspects in connection with Hariri rally attacks.
19:59 Qabbani : We should not accept that any areas of Lebanon should be outside the authority of the Lebanese legal authorities
19:30 protest in Bhamdoun over the killing of Zeineddine by March 8 Hezbollah-led supporters. 2 wounded in clashes during protest
19:25 Saudi king sent a letter to Assad with the Assef Shawkat
19:20 Security sources said Jlala-Taalbaya road has been reopened.
18:50 Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel offered condolences to Zeineddine family, criticizing those “who reject democracy and insist on spreading the culture of death and destruction across the nation.”
18:42 OTV: Jlala-Taalbaya road blocked following a dispute between residents of both towns.
18:00 Egyptian ambassador telephoned MP Saad Hariri on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of ex-PM Rafik Hariri’s assassination, stressing Egypt’s keenness and full support for Lebanon’s stability.
17:34 An atmosphere of sadness, anger and outrage prevails in Chbaniye because of the martyrdom of Lutfi Zeineddine
17:20 Jumblatt called for calm and not to be dragged into reactions after visiting the family of Lutfi Zeineddine in Chbaniye to offer his condolences . He said "Lutfi's killer has already been arrested by the army and the appropriate authorities "
17:07 Mahfoud: March 8 attack is a continuation of their violence and the coup approach
16:24 Olmert announced that the pope will visit Israel in May.
16:06 Keyruz and Geagea discuss with the Ambassador of Kuwait the completion of projects in Bcharri
15:56 The United States began to look for an alternative to ( president) Karzai to rule Afghanistan,
15:37 Israel criticizes Egypt over the smuggling of weapons into Gaza,
15:17 MP Adwan: The Christian voters have to decide between the "State" or "no state"
14:36 : MP Michel Aoun urged the Lebanese expatriates to" make an effort and come to Lebanon, because the current opportunity might not be repeated."
14:21 Army Command is pursuing suspects in Saturday’s assaults that committed riot acts yesterday adding it won’t neglect those that break the peace.
14:07 : Lebanese Forces denounced the grenade attack at its Sin el-Fil offices saying this attempt won’t dissuade us from continuing the struggle for achieving the goals of the cedar revolution.
13:50 : Public school teachers call for a general sit-in next Friday in front of the Grand Serail, and a strike next March 2. Teachers also called for studying possibility of boycotting next parliamentary elections.
13:45 LF condemns attacks on March 14 supporters
13:10 : MP Saad Hariri announced the obituary of Lutfi Zeineddine calling on security and judicial authorities to take responsibility in going after those that attack peaceful convoys of Lebanese citizens.
9:40 : Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir Sunday Sermon: Remembering the Lebanese faces whom we lost is a testimony of loyalty to them. Some individuals attacked and beat others that had participated in commemorating this painful anniversary.
08:00 LBC: Lutfi Zeineddine ,a Lebanese citizen from the village of Chbaniye in Mt Lebanon and a member of the Progressive Socialist Party who was injured in the Hezbollah-led attacks died from his injuries. His son, Shadi Zeineddine was taken to Hotel Dieu Hospital for treatment following his injury in the attacks
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Live Coverage 2-14-2009
Live Coverage   Hariri’s 4th Assassination Anniversary
3:00pm VDL: Several March 14 Forces supporters were wounded in Bshara el-Khoury and Zokak el-Blat neighborhoods when they were attacked with stones as they headed back home from the rally in Martyrs’ Square.
2:45pm Future TV: March 14 rally participants were attacked in Beirut streets.
1:20: Hariri: We move forward with the Lebanese towards the 7th of June; our date with free choice.
1:18pm: Hariri: Shame on us if the Palestinian cause turns into a dispute among brothers.
1:15pm: Hariri: It is time to uncover corruption and those that provide it with protection.
1:12pm: Hariri: The language of national dialogue must supersede all other speeches. At the Taef Accords we all agreed to turn the page of war with no return. This accord remains the basis on which we renew our national stance.
1:09pm We look forward for the elections to be held in a spirit of democracy under the supervision of the law and Arab and international monitoring. We will handle the results on the basis of the law and in commitment to the Constitution.
1:08pm Hariri: Parliamentary elections are fateful because they provide an opportunity to build a free state.
1:05pm Hariri: Our journey requires more patience... We will assume the responsibility of facing attempts to destroy free decision-making.
1:02pm Hariri to the crowd: All those who took part at rallies in Freedom Square paved the way for the tribunal in The Hague. Rafik Hariri is thanking you.

 12:59pm: Geagea: We shall never kneel, we shall achieve that last scene of the March 14 dream.
 12:55pm: Geagea: The state is in danger of falling again by the hands of those that seek to achieve their own desires.
 12:53pm: Geagea: Their latest invention was to hide behind the wiretapping law to prevent the security apparatus from doing its job.
 12:54pm Geagea to Lebanese: Don’t worry, we are with you. We will not leave the country hanging in the air.
 12:53pm: Geagea: Our country is threatened of being toppled again on the hands of those who seek to achieve one's desires.
 12:52pm Geagea: Our nation was ripped off, all negotiations concerning Lebanon used to take place in Damascus. Leaders and governments were appointed from there, too.
 12:50pm LF leader Samir Geagea: History shall have mercy on no one. Time has come for the international tribunal.
 12:49pm Jumblat: We absolutely have no enemies at home. Grudge is our enemy alongside with Israel and attempts by tyrannical regimes to suppress progress and development.
 12:42pm Jumblat: No compromise on Arab nationalism or Arab unity or the Arab initiative or the Palestinian cause and the right to return.
 12:41pm Jumblat: No compromise on arming the Lebanese army, reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared or Taef.
 12:40pm MP Walid Jumblat: No compromise on Shebaa Farms, the right of the displaced or the right of the southerners as a result of the July war.
 12:25pm: Sabaa: The Special Tribunal is to commence soon and we shall see the faces of criminals behind bars.
 12:23pm: Sabaa: We all hate Israel. However, we refuse turning our conflict with Israel into blackmail.
 12:18pm: MP Bassem Sabaa: Congratulations to Rafik Hariri on this great loyalty and on the victory of blood over injustice.
 12:14pm: Gemayel: We seek the unity of Christian-Muslim forces, the unity of a free Lebanon.
 12:12pm: Gemayel: Either the spirit of the Cedar Revolution triumphs, or they triumph and continue their coup against the state.
 12:11pm: Gemayel: Their project is to replace Beirut with Tehran, Tripoli with Damascus and Bkirki with Brad.
 12:10pm: Gemayel: Loyalty to Lebanon is worthless without loyalty to the state, elections are the choice between sovereignty and tutelage.
 12:08pm: Gemayel: We promise victory at the coming legislative elections, victory is the actual punishment against the criminals.
 12:05pm: Gemayel: The tragedy of Hariri’s assassination has become a path to freedom. We celebrate this anniversary in a Lebanon that is free from all tutelage and as the Special Tribunal for Lebanon draws closer.
 12:07pm Gemayel: Today is a gloomy day. At the same time it is a day of victory -- victory of Lebanon’s freedom and independence.
 12:00pm: Phalange leader Amin Gemayel first to speak at 4th anniversary commemorating the assassination of ex-premier Rafik Hariri.
 11:30am:MP Saad Hariri recites prayers at his father's tomb.
 11:25am Mustaqbal Movemenet leader Saad Hariri arrived in Martyrs' Square.
 11:23am LF leader Samir Geagea arrived in Martyrs' Square.
 11:20am The masses reached the outskirts of Riyad Solh Square in downtown Beirut.
 11:15am PM Fouad Saniora arrived at Martyrs’ Square and headed to Hariri’s graveside.
 10:58am Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi in a message broadcast on TV screens in Martyrs’ Square: Hariri’s death was a big loss to Iraq and Arab leaders. He played an important role in defending Arab causes.
 10:40am Former French President Jacques Chirac in a message broadcast on TV screens in downtown Beirut: Rafik Hariri embodied the Lebanese people’s aspirations.
 10:37am Minister Bahia Hariri arrived at Martyrs’ Square and headed to her brother’s graveside.
 10:22am Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel arrived at Martyrs’ Square.
 10:15am Arab League chief Amr Moussa in a message broadcast on TV screens in downtown Beirut: Ex-PM Rafik Hariri believed in Arabism and common Arab work.
 10:14am TV footage shows more politicians and officials arriving at Martyrs’ Square.
 10:10am Hariri’s widow Nazek Hariri in a message blared through loudspeakers: Finding out the truth will relieve us. It will also teach the assassins a lesson.
 9:54am Future News: Hundreds of thousands of people converged on central Beirut.
 9:50am Convoys from all Lebanese regions continue to stream to downtown Beirut amid traffic at the capital’s entrances.
 9:47am Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat arrived at Martyrs’ Square and headed to Hariri’s graveside.
 9:38am MP Nabil de Freij to Future News: All martyrs were killed for the sake of Lebanon. We want freedom square to be the square of all Lebanese.
 9:28am MP Qassem Abdul Aziz to Future News: The north will stay loyal and would hold onto the Cedar Revolution to fulfill the dream of the Lebanese youth to unveil the truth behind Hariri’s assassination. We came from Akkar and Dinniyeh to say yes to Saad
 9:20am MP Ammar Houry to Future News: The international tribunal is approaching. The opposition will be convinced that we don’t have a choice but to cooperate.
 9:10am MP Antoine Zahra to Future News: Efforts to topple our Intifadah are ongoing but the masses tell those who have “limited faith” that our uprising will continue.
 9:05am NNA: The National Liberal Party said Hizbullah supporters threw stones at and attacked one of its convoys by sticks at Salim Salam tunnel, causing material damage.
 9:00am AFP: Thousands of people converged on central Beirut to mark ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s 4th assassination anniversary.
 8:30am The number of people gathering in downtown Beirut increases as a human wave carrying red and white Lebanese flags starts covering the square.
 7:20am People heading to Martyrs’ Square raise Lebanese flags, pictures of slain PM Rafik Hariri and others slain in string of killings and hold banners calling for the truth and praising the international tribunal.
 7:15am People start streaming into Martyrs’ Square in vehicle and bus convoys from several regions.
 6:30am Heavy deployment of Lebanese army and security forces at Beirut’s entrances.

Saturday YaLibnan/NNA.GOV.LB
21:24 Hariri thanked participants in his father’s commemoration, praised the solidarity of March 14 on this “historic day” , and called on his supporters to for remove all posters, slogans and flags
20:55 Khoja: The change in my position will not affect the political situation in Lebanon, because this is decided by the Lebanese themselves
20:35 Participants in Hariri commemoration attacked in several regions in Lebanon on their way to the celebrations in Martyrs’ Square as well as on their way back home. A number of cars were also attacked, resulting in injuries for a number of people according to NNA
18:55 Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Saturday that Israel would not agree to any truce with Hamas without the release of the Israeli soldier seized by Palestinian militants in 2006.
18:50 The military Court issued a series of verdicts against the holders of weapons who fired them today at the participants in the Hariri rally and who mistreated the Internal security personnel
18:07 Hariri told Al-Arabiya TV: The Syrians left Lebanon, but they are surely trying to return. These are the challenges we are facing and struggling against.”
18:01 Hariri told al Arabiya : we paid with blod for the International Tribunal and will accept any decision it makes . Gebran Basil shouldn’t be afraid over his safety since after all he is driving a car that was given to him as a gift by his friend Syrian president Bashar al Assad
18:00 Gemayel will meet MP Michel Murr within 24 hours
17:53 Rashed Fayed: the rally was a referendum and the attacks on the participants was an attempt to intimidate them .
17:51 United Press International : The crowds at the 4th anniversary of Hariri's murder exceeded the size of the 2005 March 14 crowds ( estimated over a million)
17:31 High level Syrian delegation, including Assef Shawkat , is visiting Saudi Arabia .
17:27 The General secretariat of March 14 will hold a meeting next Monday
17:13 Carlos Edde : The participants in the march 14 rally proved once again their readiness to continue their civilized battle against those that use violence
17:10 former president Gemayel condemned the violence and use of fire arms against the participants in the March 14 the rally
17:04 Minister Tarek Mitri cabled (former ambassador to Lebanon ) Abdel Aziz Khoja to congratulate him on being named the new Information minister of Saudi Arabia
17:03 Unknowns set a house on fire in Qeb Elias
17:01 Jalloul: The success of the February 14 rally will be duplicated in the upcoming elections
16:53 Future TV: March 8th militia fired at the participants in the rally in several districts of Beirut
16:47 Al Markaziya : The scene of March 14 was repeated today and president Suleiman will make an effort to end the internal tension
16: 42 Kidnappers of MEA employee Joseph Sader have handed him over to the Lebanese army. The army will keep Sader for few until he recovers from the effects of torture and beatings to which he was subjected to during his abduction. President Suleiman has condemned Sader's abduction
16:34 General Riffi congratulated the Internal security on the successful measures taken in Martyr square for safeguarding the rally
15:50 Radio Free Lebanon: Hezbollah and Amal supporters attacked in Bchara Khoury district the returning participants in the rally marking the 4th anniversary of Hariri assassination . Several were wounded
15:16 LBC: The participants in the Hariri rally were attacked in Zokak al-Blat, Bechara al-Khoury, al-Danawi Station, Ayoub Station, Karkoul al-Dourouz, Qasqas and Mar Elias and other Beirut districts with stones and sticks . Several were wounded and taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Internal Security Forces intervened to prevent the escalation of the dispute and impose calm.
15:15 Participants in the Hariri commemoration are attacked in Basta, Noueri and Ras al-Nabaa
14:44 Security forces try to contain a conflict in the Basta area of Beirut
13:20 Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri: Our journey requires more patience ..The international tribunal is on the way. The time for truth has come. The language of national dialogue must supersede all other speeches.
12:55 : Geagea: Said "The state is in danger of falling again" but he tells the Lebanese: Don’t worry, we are with you. We will not leave the country hanging in the air. " 12:50 Jumblatt: No compromise on arming the Lebanese army, reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared or Taef. No compromise on Shebaa Farms, the right of the displaced or the right of the southerners as a result of the July war.
Some are fighting Israel through Lebanon and Gaza although their own territories are occupied
12:18 : MP Bassem Sabaa: The Special Tribunal is to commence soon and we shall see the faces of criminals behind bars.
12:15pm: Phalange leader Amin Gemayel first to speak: Today is a day of victory -- victory of Lebanon’s freedom and independence. Either the spirit of the Cedar Revolution triumphs, or they triumph and continue their coup against the state . Winning elections will be the sole response to criminals
12:02 Hamas-Israel truce to be signed soon, Palestinian prisoners to be transferred abroad
11:56 Nayla Tueni leads Gebran Tueni oath at Martyrs’ Square
11:30 :MP Saad Hariri recites prayers at his father's tomb.
11:25 Former MP Ghattas Khoury told LBC TV : Massive participation in Hariri’s commemoration shows March 14 is not divided
11:25 Mustaqbal Movemenet leader Saad Hariri arrived in Martyrs' Square.
11:23 LF leader Samir Geagea arrived in Martyrs' Square.
11:20 The masses reached the outskirts of Riyad Solh Square in downtown Beirut.
11:16 NOW Lebanon: Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Abdel al-Aziz Khoja appointed Saudi Arabian Minister of Information and Culture
11:15 PM Fouad Siniora arrived at Martyrs’ Square and headed to Hariri’s graveside.
11:12 MP Hadi Hobeich told Al-Arabiya : crowd’s support for March 14 will be reflected during elections
10:58 Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi in a message broadcast on TV screens in Martyrs’ Square: Hariri’s death was a big loss to Iraq and Arab leaders. He played an important role in defending Arab causes.
10:40am Former French President Jacques Chirac in a message broadcast on TV screens in downtown Beirut: Rafik Hariri embodied the Lebanese people’s aspirations.
10:37 Minister Bahia Hariri arrived at Martyrs’ Square and headed to her brother’s graveside.
10:22 Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel arrived at Martyrs’ Square.
10:15 Arab League chief Amr Moussa in a message broadcast on TV screens in downtown Beirut: Ex-PM Rafik Hariri believed in Arabism and common Arab work.
10:14 TV footage shows more politicians and officials arriving at Martyrs’ Square.
10:10 Hariri’s widow Nazek Hariri in a message blared through loudspeakers: Finding out the truth will relieve us. It will also teach the assassins a lesson.
9:55 Former Ambassador Johnny Abdo told VOL: Aoun has a complex toward Hariri as he achieved stability without violence
9:54 Future TV: Hundreds of thousands of people converged on central Beirut.
9:51 MP Mustafa Allouch told Future TV: Realizing a state based on laws and institutions requires a long march
9:50 Convoys from all Lebanese regions continue to stream to downtown Beirut amid traffic at the capital’s entrances.
9:48 Shiite cleric Sayyed Ali al-Amin told Future TV : The Special Tribunal aims to ensure justice, not enact revenge
9:47 Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt arrived at Martyrs’ Square and headed to Hariri’s graveside.
9:38 MP Nabil de Freij told Future TV: All martyrs were killed for the sake of Lebanon. We want freedom square to be the square of all Lebanese. calls on opposition to accept real partnership
9:28 MP Qassem Abdul Aziz told Future TV: The north will stay loyal and would hold onto the Cedar Revolution to fulfill the dream of the Lebanese youth to unveil the truth behind Hariri’s assassination. We came from Akkar and Dinniyeh to say yes to Saad
9:26 Convoys heading to Martyrs’ Square pelted with stones
9:20 MP Ammar Houry to Future News: The international tribunal is approaching. The opposition will be convinced that we don’t have a choice but to cooperate.
9:10 MP Antoine Zahra to Future News: Efforts to topple our Intifadah are ongoing but the masses tell those who have “limited faith” that our uprising will continue.
9:05 NNA: The National Liberal Party said Hezbollah supporters threw stones at and attacked one of its convoys by sticks at Salim Salam tunnel, causing material damage.
9:00 AFP: Thousands of people converged on central Beirut to mark ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s 4th assassination anniversary.
8:30 The number of people gathering in downtown Beirut increases as a human wave carrying red and white Lebanese flags starts covering the square.
7:20 People heading to Martyrs’ Square raise Lebanese flags, pictures of slain PM Rafik Hariri and others slain in string of killings and hold banners calling for the truth and praising the international tribunal.
7:15 People start streaming into Martyrs’ Square in vehicle and bus convoys from several regions.
6:30 Heavy deployment of Lebanese army and security forces at Beirut’s entrances.
02:00 Israel warns Hezbollah against any attempt to down Israeli reconnaissance aircraft
0:43 dispute between Amal and Hezbollah as a result of the disagreement between Aoun and Berri over the electoral alliance in south Lebanon
0:22 General Aoun promised president Assad during his trip to Syria that he will try to prevent the transfer of the 4 detained pro-Syrian generals to the International Tribunal
0:13 Paris urges Washington to be very firm with Iran

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Live Coverage 2-13-2009
8:20pm LBC said 32 members of the UN Commission probing the Hariri crime crossed to Syria and the commission asked to interrogate Gen. Jamil al-Sayyed.
3:35pm U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon said after meeting Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri Washington is committed to UNSCRs 1559 and 1701 in addition to backing Lebanon.
2:00pm Speaker Nabih Berri called for a general legislative session at 10:30 am next Thursday.
11:44: Bassil: Security services were displeased over the public display of their telephone calls but were unperturbed over suspicions of links to terrorist groups.
11:39: Bassil: The issue of Orascom concerns the government, which awarded the company a contract to operate 1 mobile phone firm. Any MP who had information about the subject should have been questioned over withholding this information.
11:34: Bassil: I hear of wire-tapping equipment in Koreitem. Who can give me an answer about this?
11:30: Bassil: I place direct responsibility on Hariri for everything that is happening to me or to any member of the opposition. He is in charge of an apparatus, which frankly says its reference is the Future Movement.
11:25: Bassil: The officer in the Ministry of Telecommunications is employed there legally. It seems that some members of the majority are facing a problem with the army and those army officers who do not belong to a certain political side.
11:23: Bassil: I call for an end to the incitement of rumors saying that we did not give the international investigation committee enough information even if such false reports about the wire-tapping file will serve tomorrow's rally.
11:18: Telecommunications Minister Jebran Bassil in a press conference: Hundreds of wire-tapping applications were hand-written and filed to the judges in a comic manner to obtain information from the mobile operators.
9:44am A security source told Future News TV that a large group of UN investigators headed to Syria.
7:45am VDL: Scores of armed Syrian Social National Party (SSNP) supporters gathered in a Tripoli neighborhood last night.
7:40am Minister Jean Oghassabian to VDL: The national unity government proved to be useless because it wasn’t able to take many decisions on appointments, wiretapping and budget.

 
Friday YaLibnan/NNA.GOV.LB
22:07 The international investigation committee has requested the questioning of General Jamil Sayyed , who is currently detained at the Roumiyah prison
21:57 The US state department has issued a travel advisory warning US citizens against travel to Syria
21:17 Unofficial security source: MEA engineer Youssef Sadder was not kidnapped, was arrested for connections with Israel. Didn’t say who arrested him
20:00 Assad and Olmert held indirect phone discussions for over 4 hours last Dec 22 through Turkish PM Erdogan, and were both ready to start direct negotiations
19:01 Hezbollah’s External Affairs official Nawwaf Moussawi called for a national unity cabinet that granted each party veto powers and also called for sectarian proportional representation
19:00 Interior Minister Ziad Baroud revealed during a press conference that 12 centers for processing of identity cards using electronic fingerprinting equipment have been established and already completed more than 100,000 ID cards
17:01 European Commission ready to send election monitors because the coming parliamentary elections are crucial for the Lebanon ’s democracy,
17:00 Nassib Lahoud confirmed he will run in upcoming with March 14 alliance. Defended Bkirki " All campaigns against Bkirki unjustified... bkirki had worked for Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence for decades... the Cedar revolution was inspired by the Maronite Bishops in 2000)
16:57 The French Foreign Ministry said it transferred all the documents related to the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to The Hague . France will also contribute 4.5 million Euros for the Special Tribunal
16:47 French FM Bernard Kouchner said that his country hopes that assassins of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri would be found and tried before the Special Tribunal.
16:35 Al-Arabiya: Israel bombs Rafah near the border crossing
15:35 Al Jazeera: Two Palestinians were wounded in Israeli raid on Absan, in the south of Gaza Strip
15:35 U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon said after meeting Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri : Washington is committed to UNSCRs 1559 and 1701 in addition to backing Lebanon.
15:10 Saudi ambassador Khojah: The issue of Saudi Arabian aid has been wrapped up and all aid will be distributed to the victims by the end of February
15:05 LBC: One of the proposed solutions to the issue of the Council of the South is to give it half of the 60 billion LL and the rest after the elections in installments to be paid over a period of several months.
14:39 Najjar: the judge who will preside over the trial before the International Tribunal will decide whether detainees should be transferred to The Hague or not
14:30 An emergency meeting of the municipalities in the east of Sidon for the development of a plan of action to demand the release of MEA employee Yousef Sader who was kidnapped
14:20 The Ministry of the Interior launched the electronic equipment of fingerprinting technology for the issuance of identity card
14:15 Jumblatt cabled Ahmadinejad on the occasion of the 30 anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran
14:00 Speaker Nabih Berri called for a general legislative session at 10:30 am next Thursday.
13:55 The Union of MEA employees threatened to raise hell if the fate of employee Youssef Sader is not revealed soon
13:01 PM Fouad Siniora meets with UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams at the Grand Serail
11:50: Telecommunications Minister Jebran Bassil in a press conference accused Hariri of having wiretapping equipment at his home in Quraitem , blamed Hariri for everything that is happening to him, launched an attack against March 14th alliance and defended himself about the withholding of information to the international investigation committee
9:44 NNA : large group of UN International Independent Investigation Commission on the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri headed from the commission’s headquarters in Monte Verde to the Masnaa check point on the Lebanese-Syrian border and entered Syria
7:58 VOL reports two grenades were thrown on Thursday night in Ras al-Nabaa in Beirut and Bab al-Tabbaneh in Tripoli
7:54 Minister of State Jean Ogassapian told VOL: March 14 considers cabinet ineffective" failed to make decisions on the pending administrative and judicial appointments, the wiretapping issue and the 2009 draft budget." He added : The opposition is using its obstructive one third to veto the budget
7:45 VDL: Scores of armed Syrian Social National Party (SSNP) supporters gathered in a Tripoli neighborhood last night.

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