Lebanese rivals hold talks on Hezbollah's arms

AP News
Posted: Jun 11, 2012 7:32 AM
Lebanese rivals hold talks on Hezbollah's arms

Rival Lebanese factions have resumed a national dialogue on defense that could eventually integrate the militant Hezbollah group's arsenal into the Lebanese regular army.

Monday's meeting comes amid rising tension in Lebanon between pro- and anti-Syrian groups. Syria's crisis spilled over into Lebanon where nearly two dozen people have been killed over the past weeks. Hezbollah is a close ally of Damascus.

The group's stockpile of weapons is a major source of division among Lebanese. Some say the group should disarm while others say the weapons are necessary to defend the country in case of an Israeli attack.

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The last round of national dialogue was held in November 2010. They broke then after Hezbollah walked out over a tribunal investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.