Sidon refused but to remain as it was and will be: the capital of the South.
Sidon's silent scream was so loud that it penetrated all sectarian walls: the city won't be dragged to the sectarian quagmire despite all the exploded attempts.
This came as the Lebanese President Michel Suleiman stressed that there is no cover for anyone who tamper with the security.
Sidon Faces Strife
"As-Safir" Lebanese daily reported Saturday that "he who launched the slogan of Hizbullah disarmament is well aware that he would not reach this goal."
"However, his real attempt is either to drag the city and its neighborhood into sectarian strife or to lure the military and security forces to a political and security trap," the paper warned.
It also stated that "this would be amplified under the cover of "sectarian injustice" to result in a national strife."
Meanwhile, a security source didn't exclude the possibility of resorting to the security solution to remove Sidon sit-in.
In an interview with "as-Safir", the source emphasized that "this is the last medicine."
"The country is not likely to leave things as they are now, as the delay to act may lead to disastrous results," he cautioned and refused to set a deadline to open the road by force.
The source also highlighted that "the political attempts to resolve the crisis is still ongoing and may lead to the desired results."
"We aren't against the right of peaceful expression and protests, but at the same time no one is allowed to block people's lives," he said.
The military source stated that "things won't exceed their current borders as the city's leaderships will try to find a way out of the crisis."
For his part, President Michel Suleiman discussed the security situation with both Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Interior Minister Marwan Charbel.
In his Friday statement, Suleiman underlined the "need to prevent the blocking of roads because this runs contrary to the concept of peaceful expression and obstructs the citizens' businesses and interests."
In parallel, Minister Charbel expressed his optimism that "the issue of Ahmad al-Asir's sit will be resolved soon."
"Al-Asir knows that the weapons issue is addressed on the dialogue table and that it can't be discussed anywhere else," Charbel told "an-Nahar" daily.
On the security plan his ministry is applying, Charbel clarified that "the most important achievement is that everyone, including those who burn tires and block roads, is convinced that they are wrong."
Similarly, the Head of the "National Struggle Front" MP Walid Jumblatt viewed: "what is going on targets President Suleiman and all the Lebanese."
"Things can't be addressed by blocking roads and hampering people's lives in Sidon, the South and all other regions," Jumblatt stressed and noted that "the defense strategy should be discussed in a stable atmosphere free from tensions and sectarian sensitivities."
He also highlighted that "we have agreed at the dialogue table that the issue of weapons can be addressed only within the framework of dialogue and a calm and positive atmosphere."
"Israel" Kidnap Lebanese Shepherd
On another security concern, a statement by the Lebanese Army Orientation Directorate slammed the abduction of a Lebanese national by "Israeli" forces as a direct and blatant violation of Lebanese dominion.
"Youssef Mohammad Zahra was kidnapped at 15:15 Friday by an "Israeli" infantry patrol near Marj Teiss locality, inside Lebanon," the National News Agency stated.
It further learned that "communications are underway by both Lebanese Army and United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon for the release of the Lebanese citizen."
""Israel" ambushed the shepherd inside the Lebanese territories, 20 meters into the northern border line," the agency said.
Lebanon Loses 300 Km of Oil Wealth
On the oil level, "al-Akhbar" daily mentioned that "an agreement was signed between Lebanon and Cyprus in 2007 on purely economic borders." "Later, in December 2010, Cyprus signed another agreement with "Israel"," the paper reported.
It further mentioned that "Cyprus' mistake lies in the fact that it did not respect its agreement with Lebanon, as it should have consulted with the Lebanon if it planned to sign an agreement with a third party."
Lebanese sources informed the daily that "this came as US envoy Frederic Hof spoke during his recent visit to Lebanon about two technical options usually used to define the border."
"Hof recommended the adoption of the option, whereby Lebanon would get only 500 km out of the 860 km," "Al-Akhbar" reported.
McCain in Lebanon
On another level, the Republican Deputy Chairman of the US Senate Armed Forces Committee John McCain intends to visit the Middle East.
US sources asserted to "al-Akhbar" that "Lebanon will be part of the tour and that his arrival is expected during the first week of July."
"McCain will meet with President Suleiman, House Speaker Nabih Berri, PM Mikati and other officials," the daily said.
According to the paper, the "US official visit will be complement to Joseph Lieberman's recent visit to Lebanon."
"The most important stop in the US official's visit is expected to be in along the Northern Lebanese borders with Syria, particularly Wadi Khaled, where he will inspect the situation of the displaced Syrians and the Lebanese-Syrian border," it added.
Source: Lebanese dailies, Translated and Edited by moqawama.org