President Lahoud: Annan Promises to End Israeli Encroachments in Lebanon by Friday

Published June 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan promised Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud that he would put a stop to Israeli encroachments on Lebanese territory by Friday, Lahoud said in remarks published Thursday. 

Lahoud said Annan had called him Tuesday and pledged "to put a stop to the Israeli encroachments within three days." 

The United Nations chief had also said he would send radar equipment and helicopters to southern Lebanon to monitor any future violation by land, sea or air, Lahoud added. 

The UN Security Council asked Israel Monday to end border violations as soon as possible after UN peacekeepers noted five encroachments on Lebanese territory in response to Beirut's complaints. 

Another alleged encroachment was rejected, and the UN called for further inspection of a seventh, which was looked at again Tuesday. 

Lahoud said Tuesday he was satisfied that the United Nations had recognized Israeli violations of the border and asked the world body to remove the Jewish state's forces from Lebanon quickly. 

Lebanese sources said Beirut identified 10 breaches of the withdrawal line fixed by the UN after Israel ended its 22-year occupation of southern Lebanon on May 24, but the UN only took seven into account. 

Three are in the eastern Mount Hermon area and do not come under Security Council Resolution 425 on the Israeli pullout from Lebanon -- BEIRUT (AFP) 

 

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