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Hezbollah Leader: Lebanese Reconciliation Talks Have Failed


The leader of the Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah says Lebanese leaders have failed to resolve the country's political crisis through dialogue.

Speaking Sunday Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah called for a public referendum or early parliamentary elections as a way for the country to move forward.

Last month, pro-Syrian parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri and majority leader Saad Hariri failed to make progress toward ending the months-long political standoff.

The crisis escalated last November when pro-Syrian cabinet ministers resigned after Prime Minister Fuad Siniora refused to give the opposition veto power.

Since December, Hezbollah supporters have been camped outside government offices in Beirut calling for Mr. Siniora's resignation.

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