Lebanon’s rival political leaders are gathering for a first session of talks aimed at healing their deep division.
Opening the so-called “national dialogue”, President Michel Suleiman appealed for reconciliation among politicians from the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority and a Damascus-backed coalition whose power struggle pushed Lebanon to the brink of civil war in May.
The discussions are likely to focus on the role of Hezbollah guerrillas in defending the country. Despite the recent accord which ended fighting on the ground, sporadic clashes and scattered violence has continued.
On Monday three Palestinians died in fighting between rival factions in south Lebanon and last week a Druze politicians who helped reconcile warring factions was killed by a bomb.