Nasrallah’s May 8 Press Conference – Summary

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On May 8, the leader of Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah spoke at a press conference and said, in part: "…Certainly, the topic of this news conference, the first since the end of July war, is the important and serious developments which have taken place on the Lebanese arena in the past days. First of all, after the authority team's decision in that dark night, a completely new stage started in Lebanon. To us, that session is like 14 February 2005; that is, the earthquake which made Lebanon enter a completely new stage with the martyrdom of Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri. We are entering a completely new stage. Lebanon after that gloomy session is different from Lebanon that used to exist before that session. The authority team should know that it has made Lebanon face a totally new situation, given the seriousness, backgrounds, and dimensions of these decisions."

"…In the July war, our most important point of strength was the command and control, thanks to the fact that communication between the leadership and the various commanders and field fighters was secured. The enemy has admitted to this….When we have a look at the Winograd report today, we find that the most important recommendation in the report was the need to eliminate Hezbollah's command and control system in which telecommunications play a decisive role."

"…I would like to remind that when the ominous four-way alliance was forged, this network was in place. They did not consider it then an infringement on sovereignty, law, and public funds. When we entered the government together and a policy statement was issued about the resistance and its weapons – and this is part of its weapons – this wire telecommunications network was not considered an infringement on sovereignty, law, and public funds. Now and since the four-way alliance has become a mere dream, this angered some members of the authority team. I say to them that this alliance a mere dream and that they will not see it neither in this life nor in the hereafter.

"…The officers said that the atmosphere was good and that things were fine. They, however, said that they had a request – the Lebanese will be amazed when they hear this. They said: If you want us to agree with you and forget about the issue of the wire telecommunications network, then can you remove the sit-in in central Beirut? They sought a bargain. Remove the sit-in in central Beirut and we will forget about the wire network of the resistance.

"Mr Walid Junblatt, head of the government. After all this experience, I realized that we should not say that this is Fu'ad Sanyurah's government. Fu'ad Sanyurah is a poor man, who is an employee of Walid Junblatt. When Walid Junblatt wants to sack an officer, the employees sack the officer. Naturally, he is an employee of Condoleezza Rice."

"… The purpose of this decision is to get rid of the most important element that protects the resistance's leadership, cadres, and infrastructure. It also seeks to expose the resistance as a prelude to assassinations and killing, and the destruction of its infrastructure.

"…we believe that a war has started and it is our duty to defend our arms, resistance, and the legitimacy of this resistance… The issue is that The Beirut Airport is meant to be turned into a base for the FBI, CIA, and the Israeli Mossad… [what is intended is to replace Shuqayr, the airport security director] with a CIA and FBI employee. This is the whole airport story.

"…[The solution is] annulling the illegitimate decisions of the illegitimate government of Walid Junblatt, and accepting the invitation by Nabih Birri, speaker of the Lebanese Chamber of Deputies, to the national dialogue table."

"….[Answer press questions Nasrallah says, in part:] In the areas where hand grenades were hurled on us or we were fired at, we fired back. This should be very clear. We have not gone to occupy, as some people call for, or to control. If we want to occupy, the story would have been over long time ago. We do not want to attack or launch an aggression on anyone, but we do not allow anyone to launch an aggression on us.

"…[As for UNIFIL] These forces are present in the south, and we deal with them positively. We cooperate with them and they cooperate with us, even in face of any dangers these forces may encounter.

"…[We hope] the brothers in the Saudi Kingdom would not repeat the mistake they made at the beginning of the July war, which they were then forced to correct. They should not be a party in an internal issue and should act in a way that shows that they are concerned about the country and its security and stability.

"…We do not want to carry out a coup, and we do not target groups, sects, or political forces."

"… I said that there are guarantees. We constitute a guarantee. Our allies constitute a guarantee – Hezbollah and Amal Movement, which are directly targeted these days… The dream of Walid Junblatt is to have a Shi'i-Sunni sedition. I hope that they will not help him to realize this dream. We will not help realize this dream.

"…First of all, I learned that the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon called up the Iranian ambassador… [the former said] that Saudi Arabia and Iran want to cooperate so that the situation in Lebanon would not exacerbate. I told him that this is no problem. The solution to the issue is very easy, which is what I have just said. They made a decision. Let them freeze the decision and things will go back the way they were. No need for anyone to fear from anything. We have no ill intention, and we did not harbour an ill will. The Saudi ambassador answered back quickly saying this is unlikely and it is very difficult for them to backtrack on this decision. However, we will see what we will do. As far as I am concerned, this is what happened and this is the scope of the matter

"….First of all, there is no civil war. There should be no exaggeration in depicting the current situation… media outlets yesterday exaggerated when reporting about some problems that took place here and there. The war that I talked about is the one that the others wanted and imposed. We do not want a war with anyone.

"… I express thanks and appreciation to every one who respects me in the Arab and Islamic world… I am not asking anyone to champion me. I have not made a call for help, I am not asking anyone to champion me, and I have not asked for intervention to defend us.

"…If you insist on war, then our reactions will be unpredictable… Are we going to take responsibility for the consequences? Yes, we are ready to take the responsibility for the consequences. We are responsible people. We know what we are doing, and we know where we are standing. We are aware of the size of the conspiracy, scheme, and challenge. We know what we have, and we are ready to take responsibility for all consequences…"


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51. why-discuss said:


“..indeed paranoid about an Israeli aggression that would target its leaders”

PARANOID!!!!!! you forget that Mughniyeh was killed a few months ago and that Israel wants to kill Nasrallah! You are paranoid to think that Israel is a peace loving country and is not trying to defeat the resistance at any cost… You are paranoid to think that the US interest in the region is simply the protection of Lebanon and the growth of a democracies in the region. Wake up!

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May 9th, 2008, 1:17 pm


52. Honest Patriot said:

Why-Discuss, if Israel attempts to or succeeds in assassinating Nasrallah you will see all Lebanese – with no exception, including expatriates like me – rise up to ensure appropriate punishment where it hurts for Israel: in effective diplomatic maneuvering to discredit a lot of its claims in the U.S.
I have always spoken against political assassinations by Israel. In the Mughnieh case isn’t it fair to wait until some kind of evidence points conclusively to Israel?
As far as US interest in Lebanon specifically, why is it wrong to see that a strong democratic Lebanon with a strong central government is, in itself, in the interest of the US ? Siniora has stated that Lebanon will be the last to sign a peace treaty with Israel. The US cannot change that dynamic. A purely political HA will be in the best interest of all. Except maybe Damascus. That’s where I look to find interests conflicting with those of the Lebanese.

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May 9th, 2008, 1:42 pm


53. Honest Patriot said:

… and, as far as assassinations, who do you think is responsible for those of Hariri, Kassir, Tueini, Gemayel, and the many others? Isn’t everyone entitled to protection?

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May 9th, 2008, 1:48 pm


54. Naji said:

As General Aoun said today, this is a victory for all of Lebanon, and not for one side over the other. It was basically a legitimate/justified military takeover by the president-in-waiting, General Suleiman, assisted by HA and the opposition, but made to look the other way around for political expedience and future reconciliation. Similar to the requests that have been voiced for the declaration of martial law, but done in that wonderful Lebanese way…!

The Lebanese I heard from today are glad for any break in the stalemate and gridlock, and are quite relieved that the violence was so controlled and limited… Don’t forget that a major calamity (including another Israeli/American war) had already been factored into Lebanese minds for this summer, hence the present relief at the relatively benign unfolding of events so far… ! Things could have been, and still can get, much worse…!

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May 9th, 2008, 1:53 pm


55. ausamaa said:

“A purely political HA will be in the best interest of all.”

Israel Defence Forces included???


The downside is that you gotta wait quite a while to see this becoming a reality. The upside for you on the other hand, is that Patience is a good virtu.. keep waiting..

On another relevant matter, would the Future TV, oooops .. sorry would the LBC brodcast Star Accademy tonite? They are getting close to the finals!

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May 9th, 2008, 1:54 pm


56. sam said:

One thing is certain, if war does break out, and hopefully not. The question is how many Libnani that hate Syria, will flock there like ants at a picnic, when war does break out. In 2006 I felt bad for them, but for most while in safety in Syria, they stuck there snobby noses in the air, and blamed syria for everything that was happening in there [DELETED BY ADMIN] country. Not thinking of the average poor Syrian that doesn’t live the lavish lifestyle of a Libnani, how there lives were impacted, by the flooding of refugees from the west and now to the east. If any of you fit this discription, don’t go to Syria for protection this time around, go to your friends the Isreali.

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May 9th, 2008, 2:02 pm


57. Honest Patriot said:

Ausamaa, are the HA military forces going to liberate Palestine? the Golan Heights? or is it the Shebaa Farms? Oh, I forget, the latter is tied up with Syrian refusal to make a formal acknowledgment that they are Lebanese.
The HA military forces and its operation as an independent state-within-a-state wreaked havoc on Lebanon during the summer of 2006, notwithstanding HA’s declaration of the “Divine” victory. It is the blind Arabic hot-headedness all over again. It is what caused the defeat of 1967. Today, true struggle and triumph are achieved through politics and economics. Let us become a superior force from within the US, have a pan-Arab Political Action Committee in the US, triumph by persuasion and by influencing US policy. Demonstrate by example the power of coexistence in Lebanon in a truly democratic state and, by so doing, then attack the policies of Israel as a country that discriminates against its non-Jewish citizen. Until we operate effectively without the failed techniques used until now, we are bound to perpetuate the losing streak against Israel and lend justification to all their claims.

It would be easy for me to agree with you and join the majority SC chorus. I guess it would make me popular here. But I just see things differently. You’re right about patience. Time will tell who’s right about the rest.

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May 9th, 2008, 2:07 pm


58. sam said:

Honest Patriot,

With all we know about the way the Isrealis conduct forein policy, with targeted assassinatons overtly, why can’t the Isrealis be prime suspects in the Libnan political murders? How many car bombs went off during the civil war that the mossad was involved in? I’m proud to be a Arab, and more importantly a Syrian, but there is no way the Syrian intel killed Hariri, because they do not have those kinds of big brains and technology (satelite tracking) like the Isrealies do. It actually makes sense, for the Isreali, they know Syria would get blamed anyway.

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May 9th, 2008, 2:20 pm


59. ausamaa said:


Come on man, it is enough to have one Walid Junblat, we dont need another one.

Do you rally think Hizbullah’s aim is to establish Wilayat Al Faqeeh and turn Lebanon into an Iranian Island? Are Aoun and Franjieh and Karami and Wakeem and Al Huss stupid enough to not to understand what Hizbullah aims are, and are providing cover for him?

Come on man…

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May 9th, 2008, 2:34 pm


60. Atassi said:

This is totally unacceptable behave form both the oppositional side and the ruling party…. Nssralla has vindicated the ruling party fears of “HizbAllah” intention..” Big mistake”.. Not a wise move and short sighted gain will not last…..

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May 9th, 2008, 2:36 pm


61. norman said:

It looks like Hezbollah used Shock and ow, to control the capital,
It is time to dissolve the government elect Suleiman as president who will appoint a new temporary government to take care of new election law planned on resemble the US one to have a new election within 6 months after that for a new parliament that will establish a new constitution that will have two equal houses , house of representative which proportional to number of people ,
I would use an American university political science department to create districts for election, and a senate composed of senators from each county or Dahia., laws has to pass both houses and needs 60% to override a presidential veto , elections will be done like in the US with primary to elect the nominees and general election to elect the representatives , senators and the president. term limits for the presidency so everybody will have a chance one day.

No set aside or quotas.

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May 9th, 2008, 2:36 pm


62. Honest Patriot said:

Ausamaa, by the same token I should ask you if you really think that Siniora and Junblat are American agents ?

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May 9th, 2008, 2:41 pm


63. ausamaa said:


YES. YES, YES. Of course.

Y E S, in capital letters.

By their admission also.

And if in doubt, ask Condi and Abrams.

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May 9th, 2008, 2:52 pm


64. offended said:

HP, sorry to chime in as I know you Lebanese brothers are not feeling particularly great today. But Junblat is indeed an American agent.

Well, agent is quite a relative word. so let’s just say that he’s coordinates with the american before any move. he met david welch couple of days ago. You think there is no connection between what discussions they had and the government’s decision to dismantle the Hezb’s network?

if i am a Lebanese today; I wouldn’t feel sad today. Neither I would feel happy. Maybe a bit optimistic.

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May 9th, 2008, 2:55 pm


65. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:

The bottom line is simple, and I have learned to live with it many years ago:
Fighting Israel and the US is more important than implementing democracy or the welfare of Arabs. And, it is ok if Arabs suffer a lot for the sake of hurting an Israeli or US fingernail.

The Lebanese have to sacrifice for the struggle with the US and Israel. Get with the program.

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May 9th, 2008, 3:00 pm


66. Alex said:

HP (And QN)

You both have every right to be disappointed today and you have every right to worry if Hizbollah intends to abuse its clear military superiority in Lebanon in a way that might threaten Lebanon’s difficult balance of power.

I am not very worried about the risk of Nasrallah’ feeling now that he is God. Remember that he was credited for forcing Israel to withdraw from its long occupation of Lebanon in year 2000 and he did not declare himself the president of Lebanon or anything like that. I expect him and other opposition leaders to make sure they balance theri “victory” this week by making sure they do not capitalize on it in an alarming way.

I said yesterday (previous thread) that I think that those who targeted Al-Mustaqbal TV and newspapers (the SSNP?) made a mistake. I have no respect for those losers who distorted the news everyday, but there are many Lebanese who love them and trust them for now. Same way NBN is allowed to report things in its biased direction, Al-Mustaqbal should also be allowed to do the same.

But I am not disappointed, YET, in the general outcome so far.

These are the things that I would like to see in Lebanon and please tell me how many of them seem to be more likely after what happened today, and how many of them are against the national interest of Lebanon

1) Electing General Sleiman as president

2) agreeing to manage for this year (until next year’s elections) to govern Lebanon through a national unity government that roughly reflects the 55/45 % representation of the M14/opposition shares in Parliament.

3) STOPPING both the M14 aggressive attacks on Syria and Iran AND the opposition’s calling M14 parties American and Israelis agents.

4) Removing the tents from downtown Beirut.

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May 9th, 2008, 3:06 pm


67. offended said:

From As’ad Abu Khalil blog:

I received word that Fu’ad Sanyurah (the same “democratically-elected” Sanyurah) may resign tonight.

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May 9th, 2008, 3:11 pm


68. Naji said:

QN (and Honest cousine),

Basically, what will happen now, General Suleiman finally in power and elections according to the Boutrous proposals (or close) [along with removing the tents and a return to some normalcy], is what you have been advocating for all along… So why are you upset…??!! …just because it did not happen the way you expected and not by the people you expected…??! Some of us trusted the opposition side to accomplish what everybody professed to want, and we are being proven right… so far…!

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May 9th, 2008, 3:22 pm


69. Alex said:

I am for Seniora’s resignation and his replacement with Salim Hoss who is respected by almost all the Lebanese people as well as internationally.

He was not democratically elected .. he was appointed by Saad Hariri and the Saudi regime. But that’s how most other Lebanese prime ministers were appointed in the past few decades .. through agreements between a combination of Syria and Saudi Arabia and France and the United States.

Having said that, I understand how popular Seniora is with many Lebanese. So, I don’t necessarily find it impossible to ask him again to form the next national coalition government.

If news of his resignation are true, I suspect that the Saudis are planning to capitalize on what happened by portraying it clearly as a “coup d’etat by Hizbollah”

Egypt and Saudi Arabia called for a meeting of Arab foreign ministers. Whenever these two are very enthusiastic, we know what to expect.

If outsiders did not interfere in what is happening in Lebanon, today we would be much closer to a reasonable solution to the deadlock of the past year. But outsiders do interfere .. and depending to what extent they will interfere, we will have to wait and see how smooth or how difficult the next few weeks and months will be.

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May 9th, 2008, 3:22 pm


70. Honest Patriot said:

Alex, I don’t know what is likely to happen but I can tell you what would be best to happen, and that is items (1), (3), and (4). Instead of your (2), I think it may be best to have a neutral military government to carry ordinary government business and to insitute, in joint working with the parliament, a new more equitable electoral law, until the spring 2009 elections, after which a regular government would be formed based on who is in the majority. That may be wishful thinking but it would be best for the country.

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May 9th, 2008, 3:22 pm


71. offended said:

Another Israeli Guy

I was hopping that you are not going to stick your nose in here today. Aren’t you supposed to be celebrating somewhere?

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May 9th, 2008, 3:22 pm


72. norman said:

The M14 block should have accepted that before they tried to paralyze Hezbollah to become a target for Israel. they chose Israel and the US to Lebanon and the resistant , today is a different day , Lebanon needs direction but with the loyalist and the opposition pulling to different direction Lebanon is being fragmented, I know that Syria’s position is no winners and no losers , i think that plan does not work and Lebanon needs Hezbollah and Krami, Aoun , and Arselan to Winn and plan a decent future for Lebanon and open the way for the other camp to compete.

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May 9th, 2008, 3:24 pm


73. ausamaa said:

Fatfat is also saying that the Resignation of the Siniora government is a possibility if a solution can be worked out.

But things are not clear. A lot of what we see on the tickers can be rumers, feelers, test baloons or what have you…

However, the signal would come from the outside. And should come quickly at least to save face for Bush and Saudi. They could say that they, or Harriri and Junblat “did it” in the heat of the moment “to save” Lebanon from destruction and that they went along with it. If they wait longer and things calm down totaly and the Opposition consolidate its position further, they will then have to stand soon next to Waleed Al Mualim in front of the cameras and announce a compromise reflecting and exposing their real position that they had no option but to give in to the Opposition and Syria.

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May 9th, 2008, 3:29 pm


74. majedkhaldoun said:

Whatever the outcome is going to be, I like to see two things
1) the elimination of Walid Junblat, as he was the FITNA
instigator, by that Hariri must abandone him politicaly.
2) Israel must end up losing,not gaining, by that I mean that
Hasan Nasrallah makes considerable gains.

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May 9th, 2008, 3:31 pm


75. Alex said:


I disagree. The opposition has to go out of its way to make sure they don’t give the impression that they defeated M14.

I think M14 represents 40 to 50 % of Lebanon … they can not be subdued by force.

Only a national unity government can work.

One tactic (strategy?) the M14 and Saudis and Americans can try is to refuse to participate in a national Unity government and to make life miserable for whoever wants to be the new prime minister … Salim Hoss or Karami for example… just like Fatah did to Hamas.

I personally know of how some Fatah employees in some ministries made sure the new Hamas appointed minister failed in everything he tried to do.

When a country is split, no one can govern it successfully.

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May 9th, 2008, 3:33 pm


77. norman said:

Alex ,
After 25 years of no winners or losers , Lebanon is back to war,

Hezbollah and his supporters should win but be generous and humble with the others and give way for them to participate in the system.

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May 9th, 2008, 4:16 pm


78. offended said:

Norman; from what I’ve seen on TV and read on the various websites; Hezbollah’s fighters were very disciplined and human.

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May 9th, 2008, 4:27 pm


79. Qifa Nabki said:

To Ausamaa, Nour, Why-Discuss, etc.

Your reading of the events is extremely biased and closed-minded.

If I had one tenth of the level of cynicism for Syria/Iran that you have for the United States, and one tenth of the level of triumphalist naivety for March 14 that you have for March 8, I would propose the following reading:

“Hizbullah is a terrorist organization funded by the dictatorship of Syria and the Islamic fundamentalist regime in Iran, whose only goal is to do their bidding and transform Lebanon into a proxy state for their interests.”

This is exactly the way that you read the situation in Lebanon, but of course you direct your ire towards March 14, transforming everything into a justified clash with the Great Satan, namely the U.S. Do you realize the level of intellectual cover that you give for zealots and dictatorial murderers with every word you type?

Your triumphalist readings are non-starters, especially on a blog where people are trying to debate things open-mindedly. You may as well be on the front lines, urging the “freedom fighters” onward with the assurances that they are doing God’s work.

This is completely shameful.

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May 9th, 2008, 4:35 pm


80. norman said:

do not get upset , things were going nowhere , I hope now things can get better.

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May 9th, 2008, 4:52 pm


81. Naji said:

I don’t know if I am included in the “etc”, but I’d appreciate it if you could tell me what is wrong with anything I said above…!! I also think that Aussama, et al, are fully aware that there is definitely an internal struggle between two genuinely Lebanese parties, each with their external backers/allies, and Aussama et al cheer for one backer/ally over the other… what is wrong with that…?!

Naji said:
QN (and Honest cousine),
Basically what will happen now, General Suleiman finally in power and elections according to the Boutrous proposals (or close) [along with removing the tents and a return to some normalcy], is what you have been advocating for all along… So why are you upset…??!! …just because it did not happen the way you expected and not by the people you expected…??! Some of us trusted the opposition side to accomplish what everybody professed to want, and we are being proven right… so far…!
May 9th, 2008, 3:22 pm

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May 9th, 2008, 5:00 pm


82. Qifa Nabki said:


I responded to you and Alex on the other page.

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May 9th, 2008, 5:02 pm


83. Nur al-Cubicle said:

It is time to dissolve the government elect Suleiman as president

The Lebanese Constitution prohibits the head of the Army from serving as President (obviously, there is an historical reason for that) and there is no way the Constitution can be amended to permit it without the assent of Opposition.

Essentially, the Shia-dominated army has rebelled, refusing the order of the Central Government. The airport officer who had been cashiered for permitting a Hezbollah camera on Runway 12 has been reinstated. (Anyone know what is so special about Runway 12?)

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May 10th, 2008, 4:13 pm


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