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Moscow worried by growing tensions in Lebanon

May 21, 2012, 18:51 UTC+3
The growing internal tensions in Lebanon is raising “serious concerns” in Moscow, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday
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MOSCOW, May 21 (Itar-Tass) —— The growing internal tensions in Lebanon is raising “serious concerns” in Moscow, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday, May 21.

“It seems that the forces that have so far failed to implement plans aimed at destabilising the situation in Syria have now turned their attention to neighbouring Lebanon. They obviously dislike the policy being pursued by the government of that country in order to prevent foreign interference in Syrian affairs and assist in the speediest peaceful settlement in Syria on the basis of the Annan plan approved by the U.N. Security Council, and the activities of the military and security forces to resist attempts to smuggle arms and traffic in rebels,” the ministry said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich urged Lebanese politicians to “be restrained and show high patriotic responsibility at this critical time for the country and the region”.

“The Lebanese should not follow those who would like to sow seeds of inter-confessional strife and trouble in their land,” the diplomat said.

“We hope that the government of Lebanon and Lebanese security agencies will take all necessary measures, while acting in accordance with the law, to restore calm in the country and preserve civil peace and unity,” he said.

 

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