UN: arms, personnel crossing Syria-Lebanon border

Palestinian militiamen in Lebanon are getting more weapons from Syria, one reason why the Lebanese government has made no significant progress in disb

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October 26, 2005 22:26
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Palestinian militiamen in Lebanon are getting more weapons from Syria, one reason why the Lebanese government has made no significant progress in disbanding and disarming militias that operate with impunity inside its borders, according to a UN report released Wednesday. The report, prepared by UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, assessed the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, which called for Syria to withdraw all military forces and intelligence operatives as well as the disarmament of all militias in Lebanon. The report stated that despite some positive steps, Lebanon still has not achieved full "sovereignty and political independence" more than six months after Syria withdrew its troops and intelligence apparatus from its neighbor after 29 years. In the report to the council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan highlighted the difficulties controlling the Lebanon-Syria border and reports of "an increasing influx of weaponry and personnel from Syria" to some militia groups in Lebanon.

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