UN Ready to Deploy Troops in Lebanon
The United Nations Middle East representative, Terje Larsen, has said the UN was ready to deploy peacekeepers in southern Lebanon after Israel withdraws its troops from the area.
Larsen was speaking after meeting the Secretary-general of the Arab League, Esmat Abdel-Meguid, in Egypt, quoted bi BBC.online Wednesday.
The League has demanded that Israel's withdrawal should be complete, unconditional and swift.
Larsen discussed in Cairo Israel's planned withdrawal from south Lebanon by July with Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Mussa on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
Larsen, on the fifth leg of regional trip that has included Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, told reporters Egypt was cooperating with the UN over Israel's stated intention to withdraw troops from a nine-mile (15km) wide zone in Lebanon.
Israel has said the withdrawal will happen with or without a deal with Syria, the main foreign power broker in Lebanon.
Mussa on Monday echoed Lebanese concerns that Israel would not withdraw from all Lebanese territory. The withdrawal “should be complete on land, sea and air and an honest implementation of resolutions 425 and 426,” he said, referring to UN resolutions that have called for an Israel withdrawal from Lebanon.
Lebanon's Prime Minister Selim al-Hoss said last week that the withdrawal must include a disputed area once held by Syria and bordering the Golan Heights occupied by Israel in 1967 – (Several Sources)
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