Annan: Hizbullah is key to peace in Lebanon

October 20, 2006 03:13

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Thursday night that Hizbullah must become a purely political organization in order to preserve the stability and sovereignty of Lebanon. According to Annan, such a change by the militant Shiite group would play a key role in putting an end to conflicts in the region and bringing lasting peace to Lebanon. Annan also called on Lebanon and Syria to establish full diplomatic relations and resolve border disputes. Annan made the comments came in a report on the implementation of UN Resolution 1559, drafted two years ago. The resolution called on Syria to withdraw all its forces from Lebanon and Lebanon to disarm all militias. Annan reported that significant progress had been made in implementing the resolution, and remarked that Lebanon ought to make use of the opportunities for peace created in the wake of the last war.

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