Baroud Betting on Positive Reaction of Political Forces to Ministerial Committee Functions

Interior Minister Ziad Baroud said he was betting on the positive reaction of political forces to the formation of a ministerial committee tasked with finding solutions to the spread of arms across Lebanon.

"It is in the interest of all for weapons to be organized because everyone is harmed by the use of arms," Baroud told An Nahar daily in remarks published Friday.

The formation of the committee "is the minimum responsibility of the government," he said.

However, he told the newspaper that "the committee won't be able to solve the problems of arms in a radical way."

Prime Minister Saad Hariri who suggested formation of the committee knows the difficulties but is keen on guaranteeing the safety of citizens, Baroud said.