US to Assist Israel Strengthen North Border Security

Published May 31st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk pledged Tuesday $50 million to help Israel strengthen security along the northern border with Lebanon, reported the Jerusalem Post.  

Indyk was quoted as saying that the funding did not constitute additional aid, but would be part of the regular aid package.  

"The difference was that Israel would be able to spend the $50 million locally instead of in the US," he said.  

The daily added that the ambassador issued a warning to anyone who might consider breaching the prevailing calm in the area.  

The newspaper quoted Israeli channel 1 as saying that UN special envoy Terje Larsen and Danny Yatom, a security adviser to Prime Minister Ehud Barak, agreed in a meeting Tuesday on the delineation of the border between Israel and Lebanon.  

Barak spokesman Gadi Baltiansky refused to comment, while Timur Goksel, spokesman for UNIFIL said he did not know what went on in the meeting, said the daily - Albawaba.com 

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