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European Foreign Ministers in Lebanon to Try to Break Political Deadlock

The foreign ministers of France, Italy and Spain are in Lebanon Saturday to urge rival factions to agree on the election of a new president as a step toward breaking a lengthy political deadlock.

The one-day visits by Bernard Kouchner of France, Massimo D'Alema of Italy and Miguel Angel Moratinos of Spain come three days before Lebanon's parliament is to make another attempt to select a new president.

The ministers are to meet in with top pro-government and opposition political leaders.

A first parliamentary session in September was postponed due to disagreement between the ruling anti-Syrian majority and Hezbollah-led pro-Syrian opposition, and it is feared Tuesday's session will also end in failure.

If the deadlock continues, some fear the country could end up with two rival governments.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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