UN Secretary-General: Arms Smuggling Threat to Beirut Truce

[Gulf Daily News-Bahrain] UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned Saturday that arms smuggling from Syria could threaten the ceasefire in Lebanon and urged full compliance with a UN resolution that ended the summer war between Hizbullah and Israel. UN Resolution 1701 calls for a stop in arms shipments to Hizbullah and demands the "unconditional release" of two Israeli soldiers the militants captured, triggering the conflict. Noting allegations that the arms embargo on Hizbullah was not being enforced, Ban met security chiefs to discuss ways of enhancing the Lebanese army's monitoring capabilities along the border with Syria, one of Hizbullah's principal patrons. The leading Lebanese daily An-Nahar reported Saturday that Ban told the Lebanese security chiefs that Israel had provided him with "evidence and pictures" of trucks crossing from Syria to Lebanon and unloading weapons.

2007-04-02 01:00:00

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