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Sunday, October 09, 2005 

Beirut airport closed

Beirut airport has been closed after workers walked out.

104 flights were cancelled and thousands of passengers were affected. Air traffic controllers are complaining that their overtime has not been paid since 2001. They also want a reduction in their working hours – they currently work nearly double the legal limit and earn just $400 a month..

It is the only international gateway in to the country, used by thousands of businessmen and tourists every day. It is bound to add to the country’s economic woes, which is still trying to rebuild its reputation as a tourist destination and banking center, after the trauma of the Hariri killing and demonstrations.

It is the right time for Syria to to offer landing in Damas airport and land transit to Beirut.


Any news about Syria?

Radio Lebanon has just aired an interview with Syrian interior minister Ghazi Kenaan taped Tuesday, October 11. His suicide was announced by the Syrian news agency Wednesday.

October 12, 2005, 1:17 PM (GMT+02:00)

The late Gen. Kenaan stressed Damascus had always looked after Lebanese interests and concluded: “This is my last declaration.”

As longtime chief of Syrian military intelligence in Lebanon, he has come under suspicion as co-plotter in the murder of Lebanese leader Rafiq Hariri in the report due for release any day by the UN inquiry commission. As prop of the Assad regime from the days of Bashar’s father, Hafez, Kenaan’s death is a major upset for Damascus. Its occurrence hours before Assad was to go on the air for a landmark CNN interview suggests the president may have been preparing to sacrifice close aides to mute Washington’s pressure on his own policies.

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