France calls on Israel to end Lebanese mock raids

October 31, 2006 15:20


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France said Tuesday that Israeli overflights of Lebanon's airspace are violations of Lebanese sovereignty and must be stopped. Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said the over flights are "contrary to the spirit" of UN Resolution 1701. The resolution calls for both Israel and Lebanon to respect the UN boundary drawn by the United Nations after Israel ended its 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon in 2000. "We consider that these over flights constitute a violation of Lebanese sovereignty," Mattei said. "We call on Israel to put an end to these over flights and we call on all partners to refrain from any act that could maintain or increase tension," he said at a regular briefing.

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