UN Report: Israel Violates Line of Withdrawal in Lebanon

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A UN report delivered to the Security Council Monday outlines 12 violations by Israel of Lebanese territory, including technical fences or equipment that lie on the Lebanese side of the line of withdrawal. 

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) report dated Sunday said five of the violations involve fences stretched a few meters (feet) into Lebanese territory, and the remaining seven consist of patrol tracks or the position of Israelis next to the borderline. 

The report was given to all 15 council members, but there was no debate on its findings, diplomats said. 

The Security Council certified the Israeli retreat on June 23rd, but UNIFIL has accused Israel of a number of violations on Lebanese territory. 

The Lebanese government asked the United Nations to put an end to these violations and opposes the deployment of UN troops in the territory from which Israel withdrew until the situation is rectified. 

Also on Monday, the UN Security Council met with its chief cartographer to discuss the "blue line" drawn between Israel and Lebanon. 

The meeting was designed for the cartographer, Miklos Pinther, to tell the council members behind closed doors how the United Nations drew the line contested by both countries. 

Pinther is due to meet in Beirut at the end of the week with Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN special envoy to the Middle East - UNITED NATIONS (AFP) 




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