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10th Report on 1559 Urges Lebanese to Benefit from Saudi-Syrian Rapprochement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Naharnet, AFP, UN   
Thursday, 22 October 2009

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U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urged the Lebanese to benefit from the successful June 2009 parliamentary elections and visits between Saudi King Abdullah and Syrian President Bashar Assad. 

In his tenth six-month report to the Security Council on the implementation of resolution 1559 which was adopted in 2004, Ban called the polls "another milestone" in Lebanon's commitment to democracy and urged the country's leaders -- who have not been able to form a government -- to "transcend sectarian and individual interests and promote the future and the interests of the nation."

It is believed that the exchanged visits between Abdullah and Assad contribute to smoothing the political situation in Lebanon, the report said.

Ban also praised the establishment of diplomatic relations between Lebanon and Syria and urged both countries to demarcate their border.

The report, written by Ban's envoy on the implementation of resolution 1559 Terje-Roed Larsen, warned that the presence of Hizbullah and Palestinian militants in Lebanon is contributing to tensions and insecurity and could eventually lead to a resumption of hostilities.

The report said Hizbullah and the Palestinian groups should be disarmed quickly.

"The presence of weapons in the country outside government control and the continued existence of militias contribute to tensions and insecurity in Lebanon and beyond, and could eventually lead to the resumption of hostilities unless immediately addressed," it warned.

The secretary-general said he took seriously recent reports "of a proliferation of extremist groups activities and of arms in Lebanon," but said the U.N. doesn't have the means to independently verify them.

He said Hizbullah's paramilitary force "poses first and foremost a key challenge to the safety of Lebanese civilians, and to the government's monopoly on the legitimate use of force."

"I call on the leaders of Hizbullah to complete the transformation of the group into a solely Lebanese political party," Ban said.

He reiterated that regional parties that maintain close ties with Hizbullah, a reference to Syria and Iran, must encourage the Shiite group in the same direction.

The report also expressed great concern at the continued presence of Palestinian paramilitary groups -- the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and Fatah al-Intifada -- outside refugee camps near Lebanon's border with Syria.

He said he has called on the government to dismantle four Palestinian military bases along the Lebanese-Syrian border and a fifth base south of Beirut.

Ban said the disarming and disbanding of all militias should "take place through an inclusive political dialogue that addresses the political interests of all Lebanese, and ultimately confirms the sole political and military authority of the government of Lebanon."

The secretary-general urged all countries to abide by the U.N. arms embargo against militias, saying "this is a key factor for stability in Lebanon and the region."(Naharnet-AP)

Beirut, 22 Oct 09, 09:33

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UN chief calls on Hizbullah to disarm
By UNITED NATIONS
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the presence of armed Hizbullah and Palestinian terrorists in Lebanon is contributing to tensions and insecurity and could eventually lead to a resumption of hostilities.
In his six-month report to the UN Security Council on Lebanon, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, the UN chief focused on implementation of a 2004 resolution that calls for the disbanding of all militias and urged that Hizbullah and the Palestinian groups be disarmed quickly.
"The existence and activities of Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias ... continue to pose a threat to the stability of the country," Ban said.
"The presence of weapons in the country outside government control and the continued existence of militias contribute to tensions and insecurity in Lebanon and beyond, and could eventually lead to the resumption of hostilities unless immediately addressed," he warned.
The secretary-general said he took seriously recent reports "of a proliferation of extremist groups activities and of arms in Lebanon," but said the UN does not have the means to independently verify them.
He said Hizbullah's independent paramilitary force "poses first and foremost a key challenge to the safety of Lebanese civilians, and to the government's monopoly on the legitimate use of force.
"I call on the leaders of Hizbullah to complete the transformation of the group into a solely Lebanese political party," Ban said.
"Regional parties that maintain close ties with Hizbullah must encourage it in the same direction," he added.
Ban also expressed great concern at the continued presence of Palestinian paramilitary groups - the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and Fatah al-Intifadah - outside refugee camps near Lebanon's border with Syria.
He said he has called on the government to dismantle four Palestinian military bases along the Lebanese-Syrian border and a fifth base south of Beirut.
Ban said the disarming and disbanding of all militias should "take place through an inclusive political dialogue that addresses the political interests of all Lebanese, and ultimately confirms the sole political and military authority of the government of Lebanon."
The secretary-general urged all countries to abide by the UN arms embargo against militias, saying "this is a key factor for stability in Lebanon and the region."
Ban called the June 2009 parliamentary elections "another milestone" in Lebanon's commitment to democracy and urged the country's leaders - who have not been able to form a government - to "transcend sectarian and individual interests and promote the future and the interests of the nation."
He also praised the establishment of diplomatic relations between Lebanon and Syria and urged both countries to mark their border.
 
 


 
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