Knesset Lobby on SLA to Send Emissary to UN
The Knesset lobby for South Lebanese Army (SLA) members who sought refuge in Israel after the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon is sending an emissary to the United States to try to meet with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, reported the Jerusalem Post Thursday.
Likud member Ayoub Kara, head of the Knesset panel, said Wednesday night that the decision to send an emissary was made in light of a "Beirut military tribunal's heavy sentences for former SLA soldiers and the problems the refugees face in Israel."
According to the daily, the apparent aim of attempting to meet with Annan is to resolve the delicate issue of the SLA refugees and their families, many of whom wish to return to their homes but fear Hizbollah retribution or lengthy prison terms.
More than 6,000 residents fled to Israel after the Israeli withdrawal, among them SLA fighters and their families.
Dozens have since returned to south Lebanon accompanied by officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said the daily - Albawaba.com
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