UN: Road-map should include Syria, Lebanon
The authors of the road map for peace in the Middle East want to extend the plan to bring an end to the conflicts involving Israel, Lebanon and Syria, a United Nations official said Friday.
After talks with Lebanese president Emile Lahoud, UN regional envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said the quartet of the UN, United States, Russia and the European Union, want to see it as an all-embracing blueprint for peace in the region, ABC News reported.
"I have assured President Lahoud that we have every intention of making this process a comprehensive process, encompassing both the Lebanese and the Syrian tracks, consistent with the text of the road map," Roed-Larsen said.
"The text of the road map states explicitly that we are seeking a peace that encompasses Syria and Lebanon, and the issues relevant.
"Syria and Lebanon are already in the road map plan, but of course we have down the road to discuss specific issues, particularly occupation, for these two countries."
Roed-Larsen travels to Damascus on Saturday for talks with Syrian leaders on the issue.