Jumblatt accuses Syria of delaying Shaba deal

May 7, 2006 20:11

A Lebanese political leader, sought by a Syrian military court over accusations he urged the US to invade Syria, accused Damascus on Sunday of delaying a solution for its contentious border area with Israel and Lebanon. "Syria, until now, has only shown theoretical readiness to draw the borders in the Chebaa Farms, but there is nothing workable on the ground," Walid Jumblatt told reporters after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Both Lebanon and Syria claim that the Chebaa Farms area is Lebanese. But Israel and the United Nations say it is Syrian. Israel captured the territory from Syria during the 1967 Middle East war and continues to hold it. The Chebaa Farms became a major point of dispute after Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000, with the Lebanese Hezbollah militia refusing to disarm until Israeli forces evacuate the zone.

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