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Mansour: Lebanon not bound to implement sanctions on Syria

Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said in an interview published on Tuesday that “Lebanon is not bound to commit to the Arab League’s sanctions against Syria.”

“Lebanon’s decision to disassociate itself from the Arab League’s decision means that it refuses the sanctions and does not consider itself [committed] to them,” Mansour told As-Safir newspaper.

Mansour also said that “Lebanon is not bound to commit to the sanctions because of its historical bilateral ties [with Syria], and because Lebanon will be the most affected by these sanctions.”

Arab foreign ministers on Sunday agreed on sweeping sanctions against Damascus to punish President Bashar al-Assad's regime for failing to halt a deadly crackdown on protests, as the death toll in Syria kept on climbing.

Nineteen Arab League members voted for the sanctions. Iraq abstained and said it would refuse to implement them, while Lebanon disassociated itself.

-NOW Lebanon

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  • T Kirshaw

    I hope Lebanons ruling officials stand up to the UN and refiuse to play host to the USA pupets by continuing to support Syria. This is a plot by the USA against all the Arab world, to split and reduce their ability to stand up to the USA in the future.

    November 29, 2011