UN chief: Israel and Lebanon must seek a permanent cease-fire

July 8, 2009 03:08


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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said late on Tuesday that Israel and Lebanon must seek a permanent cease-fire in order to shore up their fragile peace. Peace is threatened by problems like Lebanon's allegations of Israeli spying and Lebanese militias operating outside state control, Ban said. The UN chief said Lebanon must also secure its border with Syria and called on Israel to complete its withdrawal from all land north of the so-called Blue Line, which separates Israeli and Lebanese forces. He cited Israel giving the UN data on cluster bombs as a sign of progress made under the 2006 resolution that halted hostilities between the neighboring nations.

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