Lebanese President Pleased UN Recognizes Israeli Border Violations
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said Tuesday he is satisfied that the United Nations has recognized Israeli violations of the border and asked the international body to remove the Jewish state's forces from Lebanon quickly.
The UN Security Council called Monday for Israel to evacuate areas of Lebanon where its military was still to be found despite its May 24th withdrawal from Lebanon.
Lahoud said he was satisfied that "this constitutes international recognition that Israel has not implemented to the letter Resolution 425," which calls for Israel to withdraw immediately and unconditionally from Lebanon, state television reported.
The president vowed that Lebanon will cooperate fully with the United Nations and said he hopes UN efforts will bring about a rapid Israel pull out.
Diplomats at the United Nations in New York said the UN Interim Forces in Lebanon, in a report presented to the Security Council Monday, identified five border violations by Israeli forces.
A sixth alleged violation was rejected and a seventh is still under investigation.
United Nations peacekeepers were looking into an alleged Israeli encroachment into southern Lebanon Tuesday, working from the Israeli side of the border, UN spokesman Timour Goksel said.
The site inspected was the seventh and last violation to be studied, which according to the UN Security Council needed further verification, Goksel added.
The Security Council approved a June 16th report by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan certifying that Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon last month was complete, but Lebanon contested the report.
The UNIFIL report presented Monday, which did not identify where the encroachments had taken place, is the first of a series of weekly reports on the situation, which Annan has requested from the force - BEIRUT (AFP)
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