World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Lebanese Political Accord Offers 'A New Beginning'

Lebanese political accord offers 'a new beginning,' Secretary-General says

27 May 2008 - Lebanon's political leadership must not lose the momentum created by last week's agreement ending the protracted stand-off in the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling the accord "a new beginning" to be grasped by all sides.

Responding to questions from journalists at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban cautioned that last week's Doha agreement does not mean all outstanding issues in Lebanon have been resolved.

He said that some "social, political and stability issues," including the armament of the group Hizbollah, still have to be worked out among the parties.

"Therefore, I think this is a new beginning, a new opportunity for the people and Government of Lebanon. They should not lose this momentum... I urge political leaders and people, all factional leaders, to engage in inclusive dialogue for reconciliation and political and social stability."

On Sunday, as part of the Doha accord, the Lebanese Parliament elected Michel Suleimane as the country's new President, ending a deadlock over the post that had lasted for six months.

In a statement issued over the weekend, Mr. Ban congratulated the Lebanese people on the election, voicing hope that the "historic event leads to the revitalization of all of Lebanon's constitutional institutions and a return to political dialogue within this framework."


Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives | RSS

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>


Another US Court: Fourth Circuit Rules Muslim Ban Discriminatory

ACLU: Step by step, point by point, the court laid out what has been clear from the start: The president promised to ban Muslims from the United States, and his executive orders are an attempt to do just that. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC