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Lebanon will be in the hot seat in May should the Americans decide to put the issue of imposing new sanctions on Iran to a vote at the United Nations Security Council, remarked Tariq Alhomayed, editor-in-chief of the pan-Arab daily ASHARQ AL AWSAT Wednesday. Lebanon was elected in November to the UN Security Council for the first time since 1952 for a two-year term. Discussing the sanctions against Iran, means that Lebanon, which will chair the UNSC in May, will have to either accept the sanctions or abstain from voting, and that is something that Tehran, Damascus, and Hizbullah do not accept, as they want Beirut to reject the resolution, he stated.

While Lebanon was advised to do what Turkey does, by voting or abstaining if Ankara does, Lebanese officials maintain that the pressure from Tehran, Damascus, and the Iran-backed Hizbullah on Beirut is immense, Alhomayed added. He said the Americans are thinking of pushing the issue until June when Mexico chairs the UNSC. Lebanon will be in a pickle, but whether it votes or abstains from voting at the UNSC, the West will still be able to impose further sanctions against the Persian state, he went on to say.
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Title Annotation:EDITORIAL REVIEW
Publication:The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Apr 29, 2010
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