Annan calls on Lebanon to disband Hizbullah, borders to be set with Syria
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Lebanon to disband Hizbullah and for borders to be set between Lebanon and for Syria as well as the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the countries.
"I call on Syria to accept this offer and undertake measures, in particular, to establish embassies and delineate the border between Syria and Lebanon," Annan said in a report obtained on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
"A united Lebanon has offered an out-stretched hand to Syria," he added.
Doing so, Annan pointed out, would enable Lebanon to be master of its own nation.
The two counties have not had embassies on each other's soil ever since 1920, when Western powers carved Lebanon and Syria from remnants of the Ottoman Empire.
A proposal delineating the 160-mile joint border is on hold as Syria claims that until a comprehensive Middle East peace agreement is established, boundaries around areas occupied by Israel can not be set.
The report, prepared by UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, was prepared in response to UN Security Council resolution 1559 calling on Syria to withdraw from Lebanon and for Lebanon to disarm militias so its government would have full control the entire country.
Lebanon's "National Dialogue" talks were initiated in an attempt to solve ongoing disputes within the country ever since the last UN report six months ago.