Lebanon Agrees to Sign Only Certain Anti-Terrorism Conventions
Lebanon has refused to ratify two out of 12 conventions on fighting terrorism, but the United States has demanded that Beirut sign all of them as part of its global anti-terror campaign.
The Beirut-based Daily Star quoted official sources as saying on Tuesday that the US had asked Lebanon to sign 12 conventions on fighting terrorism, two of which Lebanon has refused to ratify.
Several European countries urged Lebanon to sign the two conventions in order to sustain the diplomatic fight against terrorism once the war in Afghanistan achieves its goals, it added.
Beirut said that the United Nations alone had the authority to request that Lebanon sign, adding that the manner in which Washington was pressuring Lebanon was “inappropriate,” according to the sources.
The Lebanese Hizbollah movement pledged on Monday that the international campaign against terrorism would not derail their resistance to Israel's armed forces until they were “out of the occupied Shabaa Farms.”
Hassan Nasrallah, Hizbollah’s secretary general, cited his movment’s fight against the Israeli troops inside Shabaa Farms as part of a national struggle against occupation.
Nasrallah emphasized that his fighters would keep up to their commitments to liberate the occupied farms.
Nasrallah sent on Monday a clear message to the international campaign against terrorism, saying “Let everyone be assured … that Hizbollah’s convictions, jihad, course of action, resistance and objectives will not change.”
US authorities have distributed a list of alleged terrorists in the wake of the September 11 attacks in which almost 6,000 people were killed – Albawaba.com
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