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Summary: 16 May 2008, Brussels – Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), issued a statement today welcoming the agreement on Lebanon brokered yesterday by the Arab League delegation in Beirut led by Qatar and urged all the political forces in Lebanon to pursue the process of national dialogue to be launched in Doha today:
"I welcome the agreement reached yesterday in Beirut under the auspices of the Arab League and I congratulate Qatar on its successful mediation. The Arab League plan for Lebanon is the most balanced and the fairest proposal on the table and I hope that it will remain the basis for the discussions that are to be launched in Doha today. I urge all the political forces of Lebanon to engage in this process of national dialogue and I wish them every success in achieving the best outcome for the people of Lebanon.
Returning to dialogue is the only way to return to normality. The priority must be to restore Lebanon's constitutional institutions as quickly as possible and to elect a president who enjoys the full confidence of all the Lebanese people.
The legitimate government led by Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has the European Union's full support. I would also like to praise the security services who once again acted in a judicious and restrained manner during the crisis.
I again call on all the parties concerned in Lebanon and in the region to act constructively to ensure the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Lebanon. This is crucial for the stability of the entire region."