Syria does not Demand Israeli Withdrawal from Shabaa

Published May 31st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

By Nabeel Al Mulhem 


Syria has pledged full support of UN secretary general’s report on Israel's withdrawal from south Lebanon, without demanding a pullout from the disputed Shabaa hamlets, UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said in Damascus Wednesday. 

The envoy said at a short presser following a two-hour meeting with Syrian foreign minister Frouq Shara that he came out of the minister’s office “after a cordial and warm meeting where all the issues were discussed vis-à-vis, including that of Shabaa farms.”  

The envoy did not elaborate on the other issues, but said Syria and the United Nations were "in full agreement on every matter" of the withdrawal and told reporters that Syria did not demand that Israel pull out of the Shabaa hamlets. 

Syria had earlier backed Lebanon in its demand that the Shabaa farms -- in an area between the Syrian, Lebanese and Israeli borders -- belonged to Lebanon and that Israel's May 24 withdrawal from south Lebanon was incomplete.  

In reply to a question on Lebanese-Israeli borders demarcation, Roed-Larsen asserted that the Syrians agree to UN secretary general Kofi Annan’s report on that issue, adding that cartographers and experts from Lebanon and the UN are now finishing up with the process. 

Roed-Larsen, who went to Damascus for the day and was due in Beirut later Wednesday, was quoted by AFP as saying he would travel to meet the cartographers studying the borderline from northern Israel Thursday – Damascus, 


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