Former PM suggests weapons solutions

June 1, 2005 at 9:16 AM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 1 (UPI) -- Former Lebanese Prime Minister Selim al-Hoss wrote an article Wednesday addressing the touchy issue of weapons control.

In the independent daily as-Safir, Al-Hoss wrote weapons should "never exceed their use beyond a confrontation with Israel and not to be used in a struggle that could erupt among Lebanon's groups."

The former premier suggested the formation of a "supreme consultative and guidance council" that includes all the former presidents, prime ministers and Parliament speakers, as well as their deputies. He said this would ensure the direct involvement of all sectors in deciding how the weapons would be used.

He also proposed a "national association that would inject the resistance with elements and activists from all Lebanon's sectors."

Al-Hoss suggested a "higher liaison body" to coordinate between the resistance and the army "to help preserve the policies of the resistance and their trends within a general national strategy framework in confronting Israeli attacks and nothing else."

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