Source Close to Syria: No Mechanism to Translate S-S Deal

A Lebanese figure close to Syria urged Lebanese not to be over-optimistic about the Saudi-Syria mediation effort to find an exit to the crisis over the international tribunal.

He confirmed that the Saudi-Syria deal had been cut during the recent visit by President Bashar Assad to Saudi Arabia and his meeting at Riyadh airport with King Abdullah in the presence of his son, Prince Abdul Aziz.

A purely Lebanon-made mechanism to translate this agreement was required, according to the source.

"But Jeffrey Feltman's intervention and Saudi King Abdullah's illness and travel to the U.S. for treatment led to a halt without a chance for a mechanism to be worked out," the Lebanese personality added.