Lebanon PM: Syrian withdrawal will damage stability and security
Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami on Tuesday renewed his criticism of UN Security Council resolution 1559 underlining that it includes the Israeli demands and therefore it constitutes a means of putting pressures on Syria and Lebanon.
In an interview with the Saudi paper al-Riyadh, Karami expressed astonishment over the UN Security Council interference in the domestic affaires of an independent state and member of the UN. "Acceleration to implement the UN Security Council 1559 will lead to affect Lebanon’s stability and security and that is not in anyone’s interest," he warned.
Karami rebuffed a demand for an international monitoring to the Parliamentary elections in Lebanon, saying there were foreign demands to monitor them and this is totally refused. "Lebanon is an independent country that respects itself and what is happening is crystal clear to all and seen by everybody. Therefore, there is no need for an international board because it is regarded as affecting our sovereignty and independence," Karami added.
Meanwhile, Lebanese Foreign Minister Mahmoud Hammoud in an iterview with the Saudi newspaper Okaz stressed that the issue of Syrian forces presence in the Lebanon was to be determined by the Lebanese and Syrian leaderships and to be implemented by the military leadership in accordance with the two countries security and interest.