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Dec 03rd
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Williams Lauds Lebanon's National Dialogue on 'Defense Strategy, Arms Outside State Control' PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 March 2010


U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams on Thursday welcomed the decision of President Michel Suleiman "to convene the national dialogue next week to discuss the issue of a national defense strategy and of the arms outside state control."

"It is a long standing belief of the United Nations that this issue should be addressed through a Lebanese political process, and we believe reconvening the national dialogue is important in this regard," he added.

Williams' remarks came after visiting PM Saad Hariri to discuss regional and domestic issues, and the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701.

"I informed the Prime Minister that I will be travelling to New York next week to brief the Security Council on the latest report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 1701," Williams said.

"The briefing of the Security Council will take place on Friday, March 12. The most recent report highlights that despite recent rhetoric, the situation along the Blue Line has remained relatively stable, and all parties have continued to reassure the United Nations of their commitment to the cessation of hostilities and the full implementation of resolution 1701," he added.

Williams noted that the relative calm "should not detract from the importance of working towards a permanent ceasefire as called for in Resolution 1701."

Williams welcomed the decision of the Cabinet on Wednesday to appoint State Minister Jean Ogassapian as the government's coordinator for the development of a "comprehensive" strategy to manage Lebanon's borders.

"On behalf of the United Nations, I give our full commitment to work with Minister Ogassapian in this regard," Williams stressed.

On the other hand, Williams described the debate on municipal elections as "an indication of the exercise of the regular democratic process in Lebanon and of continuing efforts of reform." 

Beirut, 04 Mar 10, 18:28

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