Lebanon, Israel Exchange Accusations of Breaching 425
Lebanon and Israel traded accusations of violation to the UN resolution 425.
Lebanese Prime Minister Salim Hoss said Saturday he hopes the United Nations Security Council will condemn Israeli encroachments on Lebanese territory and force the country to end them. Meanwhile, Israel complained to United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan over the weekend that Lebanon is violating the resolution by failing to send troops to the border in order to take control of the south
"We are awaiting UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's weekly report on the Israeli encroachments, and we hope the UN Security Council will this time adopt a frank attitude condemning" them and "forcing the Jewish state to respect the 'blue line' drawn by the UN," Hoss was quoted by AFP as saying.
Earlier this week, Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said Annan had promised him that he would put a stop to Israeli encroachments on Lebanese territory by Friday, reported AFP.
Lahoud said Annan had called him Tuesday and pledged "to put a stop to the Israeli encroachments within three days."
However, Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, Aviv Shiron, told the Jerusalem Post that "while the Lebanese complain about every little violation on Israel's part, they themselves are in gross violation of the resolution."
The Israeli delegation to the UN sent a letter to Annan complaining that the Lebanese army had not deployed in south Lebanon, Shiron said.
"In some places Lebanese authorities are located on what has been defined as Israel's side of the border," Shiron said.
"There are parts where it appears that they haven't abided by the border the United Nations set," Shiron told the paper.
"We are demanding they comply with resolution 425," he said - (Several Sources)
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