Hizbullah Prevents Signing of Lebanon-France Security Agreement

(MEMRI) On July 13, 2010, MPs from the Lebanese opposition led by Hizbullah prevented parliament from approving a France-Lebanon agreement for cooperation in the areas of internal, civil, and administrative security - even though the agreement had already been effectively approved by both the government and by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman. Opposition MPs rejected the agreement's first clause, which calls for French-Lebanese cooperation in "the fight against terrorism," because, they said, France's definition of the term "terrorism" was vastly different from the Lebanese and the Arab definition. The opposition MPs demanded that the agreement include the definition of terrorism from the 1998 Arab League Accord to Fight Terrorism, which distinguishes between "terrorism" and "resistance," and states that "armed struggle against foreign occupation" is not considered terrorism.

2010-07-27 10:24:29

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