UNSC warns against foreign interference in Lebanon presidential election

September 28, 2007 00:59

Lebanese presidential elections must be free and fair and held in a climate free of foreign interference, the UN Security Council said Thursday, joining an international chorus pressuring the Arab country's rival political forces to advance a process whose delay could split Lebanon apart. The council's press statement was the latest effort by regional countries and others to encourage Lebanese lawmakers to sideline differences after the Lebanese parliament failed Tuesday to elect a president because of a boycott by the Hizbullah-led opposition. The council called for free and fair elections "in conformity with the Lebanese constitutional norms and schedules and without any foreign interference, in full respect of the sovereignty of Lebanon on the basis of national unity and in an atmosphere free of violence, fear and intimidation," said the statement, which was read by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.

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