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Lebanon on verge of 'collapse': 14 March

Pro-US Lebanese opposition movement warns of Syrian-Iranian plot aimed at destabilising country

MENA , Wednesday 22 Aug 2012

Lebanon’s 14 March Alliance on Wednesday stated that the country had begun showing signs of "collapse" due to its inability or unwillingness to provide domestic security.

In a statement, the alliance warned that current circumstances in Lebanon recalled the country's situation during its long civil war in the 1980s, of which thuggery and kidnappings had been regular features.

The group also alleged that the current unrest in Lebanon was being promoted, according to a Syrian-Iranian plot aimed at destabilising the country. The 14 March Alliance went on to say that the plan would fail due to the awareness of the Lebanese people, who would "refuse to engage in violence for the benefit of regional powers."   

The Lebanese opposition movement has urged the government to issue clear instructions to the Lebanese army and internal security forces to work towards the release of all hostages currently being held and the prosecution of all criminals, regardless of who supported them.

It is also considering filing a complaint with the Arab League and the UN Security Council against the Syrian government due to the latter's alleged violation of Lebanese sovereignty and its recent withdrawal of the Syrian ambassador from Lebanon. 

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