Lebanon, UNIFIL Complete Checks of Israeli Border Violations

Published June 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A joint Lebanese-UN team finished Thursday checking the line of the border between Lebanon and Israel, to see if Israeli violations continued, an officer of the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said. 

The officer, who preferred to remain anonymous, said each side had made separate reports to submit to their respective authorities. He gave no information on the content of the talks. 

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan had an unexpected further meeting Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Jerusalem on the line of the border following Israel's pullout from southern Lebanon last month, a UN spokesman said. 

UN spokesman, Fred Eckhard, said the final line of the frontier still posed some problems. 

The talks with Barak had been held at Annan's request, he said. 

On Wednesday, Barak said Israel would try to clear up within 36 hours, or even 24, any differences with the United Nations over its withdrawal from southern Lebanon, which it occupied for 22 years. 

In Lebanon Monday and Tuesday, Annan promised he would press Israel to relinquish Lebanese areas that Beirut claims the Jewish state is still holding. 

Lebanon accuses Israel of infringing on the "blue line" traced by the UN to mark the Israeli line of withdrawal in 13 places, generally with military positions or roads. 

It also says the blue line does not follow the international border in three places - BEIRUT (AFP) 

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