Deal signed to end Lebanese violence as airport reopens
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The Arab League brokered a deal in Beirut Thursday between members of Hezbollah and the Lebanese government, putting an end to the political crisis that has reigned over Lebanon since May 5. (Report: F.Berruyer)
Arab mediators clinched a deal on Thursday to defuse the latest crisis that pushed Lebanon to the brink of civil war, agreeing to relaunch a dialogue to end a prolonged political crisis.
"We have been informed by the Arab League delegation that a deal has been brokered," said the official, who did not wish to be named.
According to a copy of the six-point plan, which has yet to be formally announced, rival parties agree to return to the situation that prevailed in Lebanon prior to May 5, when deadly sectarian fighting erupted.
They also agreed to relaunch a national dialogue to try to elect a president and form a national unity government, it said.
The parties also agree to refrain from using weapons again to further their political agenda and to engage in a dialogue to shore up the authority of the state nationwide.
The deal also calls on parties loyal to the Western-backed government and the Hezbollah-led opposition to refrain from using hateful language that could incite sectarian violence.
The accord lastly says the parties agree to head to Qatar on Friday to begin their dialogue under the auspices of the Arab League.
Beirut's airport reopened
Lebanon's Hezbollah-led opposition ended a civil disobedience campaign against the Beirut government on Thursday, opposition member of parliament Ali Hassan Khalil said.
"The opposition has decided to end the civil disobedience (campaign) and open all roads and routes to the seaport and airport," Khalil told Reuters as Arab mediators announced a deal to end the worst internal fighting since the 1975-90 civil war.
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