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Beirut - Lebanese PM Asks UN To Help Seek Permanent Truce With Israel

Published on: April 21, 2017 11:00 AM
By: Reuters
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrives at the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) headquarters in Naqoura, near the Lebanese-Israeli border, southern Lebanon April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Ali HashishoLebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrives at the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) headquarters in Naqoura, near the Lebanese-Israeli border, southern Lebanon April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

Beirut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri asked the United Nations on Friday to help Lebanon and Israel move toward a permanent ceasefire and end what he called Israel’s “continuous violations” of Lebanese territory.

Israel and Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah group fought a month-long war in 2006 that concluded with a cessation of hostilities but without a formal peace deal.

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“I urge the U.N. secretary general to support efforts to secure, as soon as possible, a state of permanent ceasefire. This is long overdue and my government is committed to move this agenda forward,” Hariri said.

Hariri was speaking on a visit to south Lebanon a day after Hezbollah officials staged a media tour near the same area to view what they said were recent Israeli fortifications on the border and to state their preparedness in case of any new war.

The tour drew a response from Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, who said in a Facebook post that Hezbollah’s media tour was to “shake their sabres and pound their chests”.

Under U.N. resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, the Lebanese army is responsible for security on its side of the border in a zone from which any other armed force, including Hezbollah, is banned.

The United Nations also maintains a peacekeeping force on the border.

Resolution 1701 also required Israel to withdraw from Lebanese territory. Lebanon says that Israel has not fulfilled this because it continues to occupy a disputed area known in Lebanon as the Shebaa Farms.



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 Apr 21, 2017 at 12:45 PM Butterfly Says:

Then get Hezbollah out of Lebanon!

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 Apr 21, 2017 at 12:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Lebanon has been aiding and abetting Hezbollah. They are not a true partner for peace. But the anti-Israel UN is likely to use this request to twist Israel's arms again. Hope Haley can put a stop to the incessant abuse Israel suffers from the UN.

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 Apr 21, 2017 at 02:30 PM grandbear Says:

A cease fire is just another bluff . What's needed is a peace agreement between all parties involved , which they will never agree on.

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 Apr 22, 2017 at 10:15 PM Julius Says:

That's funny to hear from pro-Hezbolah guy

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