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US, EU warn on Lebanon vacuum

SECTARIAN STRIFE:In a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton expressed her concerns about a possible political vacuum

AFP, BEIRUT

On Monday, the ambassadors of Britain, China, France, Russia and the US expressed their “unequivocal condemnation of any attempt to destabilize Lebanon through political assassination.”

Hariri, himself a former prime minister, has said he was determined to oust Mikati’s government “by peaceful and democratic means.”

However, analysts have said that unless Mikati willingly resigns, the government would stay in place.

Lebanon is also being affected by a flood of refugees from Syria, with the UN refugee agency saying on Tuesday that the number had topped 100,000.

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