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SYRIA PULLS OUT OF LEBANON AGAINST VOLITION

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 17 (RIA Novosti, Stanislav Khamdokhov) - There will be no civil war in Lebanon after the pullout of Syrian forces, Georgy Mirsky, lecturer at the World Economics and International Relations Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said.

"I don't believe that a civil war could break out in Lebanon after the withdrawal of Syrian troops. The war continued in Lebanon for 15 years and has exhausted its people," he said. "Syria has to leave because it is pressured from all sides both inside and outside Lebanon."

"Syria has found itself in isolation in the world. Now, for the first time in several years, the United States is in unison with France, which until recently, had always been 'poking in the wheels' of the Americans in their Middle Eastern policy. Russia's joining in the demands is an unpleasant surprise for Syrian leadership," Mirsky said.

Mirsky said that even after the Syrian pullout from Lebanon, Damascus "will try to find arguments and place some of its troops on the Lebanese-Syrian border, though withdrawing from the principal Lebanese regions."

"The epoch of Syrian domination in Lebanon is over," Mirsky said.



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