Chirac: UN resolution 1701 must be enforced

September 18, 2006 13:46

French President Jacques Chirac said Monday that the UN peacekeeping resolution for Lebanon must be carried out "without reservations" so that the Lebanese government can regain control of its territory. Chirac suggested there is a place in Lebanon for Hizbullah - but in politics only, not as an armed guerilla group. Chirac expressed confidence that Israel would withdraw its troops from southern Lebanon. He said the first aim of UN Resolution 1701 - which ended 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hizbullah - was to bolster the authority of the Lebanese government. "I want it to be carried out without reservations. It is in the interests of Lebanon and peace in the region," the French leader said in an interview on Europe-1 radio. "No country can live if a part of its territory escapes the authority of its government," he said.

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