Barak: Israel to 'Clarify' Border Issue with UN Soon

Published June 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, said Wednesday that he expected to "clarify" border disputes over its withdrawal from Lebanon with the United Nations in the next day or so. 

"In regard to the disagreements with the UN we are going to clarify them I believe in the next 24 hours I hope or maybe the next 36 hours," Barak said at a joint press conference with visiting UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. 

"We are determined to follow on with implementation of (UN Resolution) 425 as far as Israel is concerned," he added. 

The United Nations declared five days ago that Israel had completed its pullout from southern Lebanon, which ended a bloody 22-year occupation last month, but Beirut has protested at continuing Israeli violations of the UN-demarcated border. 

Deputy commander of the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Jim Sreenan, told reporters: "There have been some cases where the IDF (Israeli army) have been seen across the line." 

Annan said the United Nations was determined to fulfill its mandate in Lebanon. 

"We have to work with the Lebanese government to extend its authority over southern Lebanon and we will move the troops to the border," he said. 

"The Lebanese government indicated to me that already they have put in 1,000 troops and others will follow as the UN also moves down," he said - OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP) 

 

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