Hizbullah blasted the report compiled by United Nations (UN) Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1559, calling it both "scandalous and disastrous," according to the Beirut daily AN NAHAR and the pan-Arab daily AL HAYAT on Thursday. After the weekly meeting of the Islamist organization's Loyalty to the Resistance parliamentary bloc on Wednesday, a statement criticizing the report was released.
"The [Hizbullah] bloc rejects the report presented by Terje Roed-Larsen on the implementation of UNSCR 1559. This report is a scandal and a disaster at the same time because it misdiagnoses the reason for instability in the region, which is Israel's continued occupation of Arab lands and its aggression towards Arabs. This report gives false information to the international community and encourages Israel to continue violating international law with impunity." UNSCR 1559, which was adopted in 2004, called for a withdrawal of Syrian troops from their 29-year presence in Lebanon. It also called for the disarmament of all militias and militant groups in Lebanon, including Hizbullah.
Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc also tended to the formation of the Lebanese government. The statement it released on Wednesday, which was published in AN NAHAR on Thursday, said, "The meeting discussed the latest developments in the government-formation process ... The bloc hopes that all the efforts being put into the formation, and the mutual positivity between the two political sides in Lebanon, lead to a formation of the 2009 government soon."
"The bloc would also like to condemn Israel's constant breaches of UNSCR 1701 whether through air or land or through its espionage activities in Lebanon. Since the adoption of the resolution, Israel has breached Lebanon's sovereignty over 10,500 times," the report concluded. Resolution 1701 ended the July-August 2006 war between Hizbullah and Israel. It required Israel to end all breaches of Lebanese sovereignty, and the establishment of a demilitarized zone in south Lebanon.
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|Title Annotation:||Today's New Highlights|
|Publication:||The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)|
|Date:||Oct 29, 2009|