The Arab League has begun efforts to break the political deadlock in Lebanon. A Sudanese envoy is in Beirut for talks with embattled Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. He announced that a League proposal has the backing of Syria, support seen as vital if progress is to be made.
The proposal includes setting up a national unity government that includes the Hizbollah opposition, a tribunal to try suspects in the killing of ex-premier Rafik Hariri and early elections.
Siniora remains defiant in the face of growing street protests demanding that he quit.
“Every party has its worries” he said, “Let’s sit down and talk, this is the solution. If they think the way to solve this is through the streets, they are wrong.”
But some observers say diplomats have a mountain to climb in getting all interested parties to agree terms. A round-the-clock anti-government rally in Beirut is now in its eleventh day. Fears remain the protests could push a fragile Lebanon into a new civil war.