Lebanese President´s Michel Sleiman´s office announced on Monday that
a national dialogue to resume on June 11 will tackle Hezbollah´s arms
and the proliferation of weapons in the country as a whole.
According to a statement, Sleiman invited political leaders
to "discuss the national defence strategy" at a session aimed at
addressing "the issue of arms."
Hezbollah´s arsenal and the issue of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
will be up for discussion, the statement said, as will ways to quell
the proliferation of arms across the country.
Hezbollah considers its weapons to be a legitimate defence against
Israel, whereas the opposition believes that the state should have
the monopoly on arms and decisions concerning war and peace.
Sleiman´s call was issued "in light of recent events," the statement
said, adding that "consensus" between parties is the best way forward.
Tensions between rival pro- and anti-Syrian camps have flared into
violence in the past two weeks, stoking fears that the conflict in
neighbouring Syria might spill over and that a Sunni-Shiite
confrontation was in the making.