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Syria conflict no reason for Lebanon to ignore obligations on Hezbollah disarmament

October 23, 2013, 8:49 UTC+3
“Lebanon is not fulfilling its obligations under UN Security-Council Resolution 1559 (of 2004) and poses a threat to peace and security in the region,” Ban Ki-moon stressed
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Photo EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

Photo EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

UNITED NATIONS, October 23 (Itar-Tass) - The conflict in Syria should not serve as a pretext for the authorities of neighboring Lebanon to evade fulfilling the obligations to disarm the Hezbollah movement in the country, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in a report to the UN Security Council.

“Lebanon is not fulfilling its obligations under UN Security-Council Resolution 1559 (of 2004) and poses a threat to peace and security in the region,” Ban stressed.

The UN Security Council resolution, to which he refers, calls for “the disbandment and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias” acting in the country. The Syrian crisis should not an excuse for failure to comply with these obligations, but a stimulus for the disarmament and disbandment of paramilitary forces, said the UN head. In his view, the fact that Hezbollah has a great potential, which is not controlled by the Lebanese government, “is a serious cause for concern.”

The UN Secretary-General expressed concern over the reports of Hezbollah’s more active involvement in the fighting in Syria, as well as the associated threat to neighboring countries.

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