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08STATE54663
2008-05-21 23:36:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Secretary of State
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MGLBO1: LEBANON MONITORING GROUP SITUATION

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  MARR  PREL  PINR  AMGT  LB 
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						C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 054663 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/20/2018
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINR AMGT LB
SUBJECT: MGLBO1: LEBANON MONITORING GROUP SITUATION
REPORT NO. 23


CLASSIFIED BY: MSIMS, SENIOR WATCH OFFICER,
S/ES-O, REASON 1.4 (B) AND (D).

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BEIRUT STREETS CLEARED; HIZBALLAH SPEECH PLANNED
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1. (SBU) Hizballah has begun to dismantle its tent city
surrounding the government complex at the Grand Serail,
while Lebanese Armed Forces remove roadblocks around
Beirut, media report. (Ops/Embassy Beirut e-mail,
NOWLebanon.com)



2. (SBU) Embassy Beirut reports Hizballah leader
Nasrallah is expected to make a major "Liberation Day"
speech May 25, coinciding with the scheduled presidential
elections. (Ops/Embassy Beirut e-mail)



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EMBASSY EMPLOYEES TO RETURN ON COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS


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3. (C) Four embassy staff will fly in from Cyprus May


21. Sustained calm in the city, as well as continued,
secure operations at Beirut International Airport will be
key factors in determining post's need for further
helicopter air support. (Ops/Embassy Beirut telcon)



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FOREIGN REACTION TO DOHA AGREEMENT


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4. (U) The Egyptian Foreign Minister expressed "comfort"
with the Doha agreement, especially the Lebanese promise
to refrain from using arms to end political crises.



5. (U) EU foreign policy chief Solana called on all the
parties to "do everything possible to implement terms of
the Doha agreement...in good faith."



6. (U) Italian Foreign Minister Frattini noted the
immediate election of Sleiman would bring stability and
restore the "mutual confidence" of political factions.



7. (U) German Foreign Minister Steinmeier called for
swift presidential elections and welcomed the Doha deal as
"the way for an end to the political crisis."



8. (U) Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hosseini "hopes
that the Doha Accord...will serve as the prelude to
freeing the rest of Lebanese territory" from Israeli
occupation.



9. (U) Hamas spokesman Barhoum requested an "active Arab
role" that united all Palestinian parties.



10. (U) Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Khaled Al-Batsh
stated the Doha agreement raised Lebanon above "risks of
internal conflict" and ensured peace, Lebanese unity, and
the "unity of its heroic resistance." (Ops/Embassy Beirut
e-mail, NOWLebanon.com)



11. (U) Minimize considered.
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