The Arab Delegation dispatched to Lebanon following a takeover of Beirut by the militant group Hizballah has announced the following proposal agreed to by the country's various political parties:
"...[in conjunction with the Arab initiative, and] based on the Lebanese constitution and Taif Accord, we agreed on:
- Things must return to what they were before May 5, 2008: the government must respond to the Army Command statement and hand the two decisions over to the army; All arms must be withdrawn from the streets and all roads, the Rafik Hariri International Airport and the Beirut Seaport reopened; and the Lebanese army must take charge of national security and civil peace.
- There must be agreement on returning to dialogue on the national-unity government and electoral law. This agreement must be crowned by the end of the sit-in the eve Army Commander General Michel Sleiman is announced as a consensus candidate for presidency.
- The (Lebanese) dialogue will begin as soon as the clause 1 is implemented, on Friday May 16, 2008 in Doha.
- All parties must promise to refrain from returning to arms or violence to achieve political ends.
- The dialogue is to reinforce the rule of the Lebanese government on all Lebanese lands … for the security of the state and its citizens.
- Political leaders will end their use of political and sectarian incitement and accusations of treachery at once."
Concluding the press conference through which the proposal was announced, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jasem al-Thani, the head of the delegation and the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, added:
"We expect the election of a president within days"