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Turkey tries to diffuse Lebanon crisis

Turkey tries to diffuse Lebanon crisis
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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will play an ‘active role’ in trying to end the latest crisis in Lebanon. The pledge came after Erdogan held talks with his Lebanese counterpart Saad al Hariri in Ankara to discuss the political situation following the toppling of the coalition government by Hezbollah and its allies.

For the moment Hariri remains caretaker Prime Minister, but our reporter in Beirut, Ali Takach, says the country’s political landscape may soon change.

‘‘This latest crisis is different to others. The departure of one party to the other side could make the minority in parliament the majority and the current majority the minority. The Lebanese people will discover their future on Monday when the country’s politicians start talks on forming a new government.’‘

The crisis was prompted by a dispute within Lebanon’s ruling coalition concerning a UN backed tribunal over the killing of former Premier Rafik al-Hariri. Speculation is rife that UN prosecutors are ready to indict Hezbollah members for the 2005 assassination.