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Hezbollah urges dialogue to end Syria conflict

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah says the only solution for the Syrian conflict is a political one, urging all parties to lay down their weapons

AFP , Thursday 15 Mar 2012
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Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses newly graduated students from Hezbollah educational institutions, via a screen during a graduation ceremony in Beirut, 15 March (Photo: Reuters)
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Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday said the uprising in Syria, a staunch ally, could only be resolved politically and urged all parties to the conflict to lay down their weapons.

"The only option is a political solution... and that means laying down weapons simultaneously with the aim of reaching a clear political solution," the head of the Shiite group said in a message aired during a graduation ceremony at a school.

"We are afraid for Syria," he added. "We fear partition, civil war, chaos and the weakening of Syria."
Nasrallah warned that barring a political solution to the conflict, which entered its second year on Thursday, more bloodshed could be expected.

"Whoever wants to destroy Syria or force the collapse of the regime at any price will not succeed," he added.

Hezbollah is considered Iran's proxy in Lebanon and much of its weapons transit through Syria.
The militant group has steadfastly expressed its support for the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad since the outbreak of the uprising on March 15, 2011.

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