Arab League appeals for immediate end to violence in Lebanon
Arab foreign ministers cut short an
emergency meeting Sunday over the crisis in Lebanon to appeal for an immediate
end to armed violence in Mount Lebanon and other parts of the country.
The deputy chief of the Arab League, Ahmed bin Hilli, read a statement appealing "for the withdrawal of armed men from areas of tension and making possible the mission of the Lebanese army to maintain security for the sake of stopping bloodshed."
The appeal was made at the request of Lebanon's acting Foreign Minister Tarek Mitri.
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Musa and Qatar's Prime Minister Jasim bin Jabir al-Thani will fly to Lebanon within the next hours to bring all rival powers together to negotiate an end to the crisis, Arab diplomatic sources said, dpa reported.