UN official: Lebanese army to move in on Thursday

August 16, 2006 17:18

The Lebanese army will begin moving Thursday into a "significant part" of south Lebanon left behind by Israeli troops, a UN peacekeeping official said. Small military delegations from the two countries agreed to details of troop movements at a meeting Wednesday with the UNIFIL peacekeeping force at the border crossing point at Ras Naquora. "The mechanism and geographical area of the first Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon, and the first Lebanese deployment was agreed," UNIFIL political affairs officer Richard Morczynski said by phone. Lebanese troops will begin moving south of the Litani River "from tomorrow onwards" under the UN Security Council resolution agreed upon by Lebanon and Israel over the weekend that called for a halt to more than a month of fighting in the region, he said.

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