Security Council Concerned by Arms Traffic from Syria

[Reuters] Evelyn Leopold - The UN Security Council backed the Lebanese government on Monday in its battle against Palestinian militants. The council also expressed "deep concern at mounting information by Israel and other states of illegal movements of arms in Lebanon, and in particular across the Lebanese-Syrian border," said a statement read by Belgium's UN ambassador Johan Verbeke, this month's council president. The council issued the statement after hearing from UN Middle East envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, who later told reporters he drew an "alarming and deeply disturbing picture" of "a steady flow of weapons and armed elements across the border from Syria." In its statement, the council regretted that "the disbanding and disarming of Lebanese and non-Lebanese militia" had not been carried out, an obvious reference to Hizbullah.

2007-06-12 01:00:00

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