Thursday, October 27, 2005

in the Bekaa

From the BBC 2005/10/26 17:47:08 GMT  :
Lebanese troops have increased pressure on pro-Syrian Palestinian armed groups operating near the Syrian border in the eastern Bekaa valley. Shortly afterwards, the UN published a report on Lebanon's success in meeting UN demands to disarm militias based there and send its army in instead.
A Lebanese contractor working with the military was shot dead near the Syrian-Lebanese border on Tuesday.  The UN's special envoy on Syria-Lebanon, Terje Roed-Larsen, reported on the status of Security Council Resolution 1559. The resolution, passed last year, called for Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon and for the dismantling of militias there. In the report, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan told the UN Security Council that he had found "tangible results were yet to be achieved in these two fields".

He also reported that there had been "an increasing influx of weaponry and personnel from Syria to some of these groups".
---  Some background.


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