BEIRUT - United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon demanded on Friday the disarmament of the anti-Israel Lebanese Hezbollah movement, which had said his visit to Lebanon was not welcome.
"I am deeply concerned about the military capacity of Hezbollah and ... the lack of progress in disarmament," he told a news conference after meeting Lebanese leaders."That is why we discussed this matter very seriously and I strongly encouraged President (Michel) Suleiman to initiate a convening of this national dialogue to address these issues...All these arms outside of the authorized state authority, it's not acceptable," Ban declared.
According to Lebanon's English-language The Daily Star
, Ban also condemned Israel Friday for "repeated violations of Lebanon's sovereignty" which he described as a "threat to the United Nation's Interim Force in Lebanon."
According to the report, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati's press office quoted Ban as telling Mikati during a meeting Friday that he would discuss the matter with Israeli officials during his impending visit to Israel, and highlighted the importance of Israeli withdrawal from Ghajar.