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Turkey and Qatar give up on Lebanon mediation as well

BBC News is reporting that the ministers from Turkey and Qatar are heading home after several days of failure to make progress.  The deal that they were working on, which derives from a plan by Syria and Saudi Arabia, involves dissolving the UN tribunal investigating the Hariri assassination in exchange for Hezbollah offering “guarantees” about its weapons.  The main concern is still this:

Correspondents say a protracted crisis is likely to follow, and there are widespread fears that it could lead to the type of sectarian violence last seen in May 2008, which left 100 people dead and brought the country close to civil war.

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