Italian foreign minister Massimo D'Alema paid the Assad regime a visit today to "tell Damascus that it was not the target of a UN Security Council resolution approving an international tribunal to try suspects, including several top Syrian security official, in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri." (AKI)
The Assad regime responded to this Italian Diplomacy of the Absurd by declaring that they would cooperate with the Hariri investigation but not the tribunal, prompting D'Alema to announce that he found "encouraging and useful elements".
While the Italian was detecting "a willingness to confirm a commitment to resolve problems," the Assad regime was sending reinforcements to pro-Syrian factions in the Bekaa, PFLP-GC and Fatah-Intifada, in the war against Lebanon. Yesterday, Lebanese military officials told the cabinet that they detected "military activity" along the Lebanese Syrian border and entry of weapons and armed elements "in connection with the events in Nahr El Bared, Ain El Helweh and other areas".
A cabinet session late Monday to discuss the military ground offensive against Fatah al-Islam was attended by senior army and police officers. An Nahar said the officers notified the cabinet ministers about the "military activities" recently observed along the Syrian-Lebanese border. The sources said "armed members and weapons" that were seen entering the Lebanese territory likely belonged to the Syrian-backed Fatah-Uprising movement and Ahmed Jibril's Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. (Naharnet)