woensdag 2 juli 2008

VN-rapport negeert overtredingen resolutie 1701 door Hezbollah

De VN (en de Arabische staten, en Frankrijk) laat liever Hezbollah Libanon opslokken dan de stabiliteit in gevaar te brengen. Vanuit deze positie wil men Hezbollah niet te fel bekritiseren wat betreft haar schendingen van VN resolutie 1701, waarmee de VN zich als neutrale bemiddelaar diskwalificeert. Het is een laffe positie, waar de Libanezen ook niet mee geholpen zijn. Hezbollah maakt zich niet alleen op voor een mogelijke nieuwe confrontatie met Israel, maar ook met de anti-Syrische groepen in Libanon. Een door Hezbollah en haar bondgenoten gedomineerd Libanon zal desastreus zijn voor de regionale stabiliteit.  

'UN report ignores Hizbullah violations'
Jul. 1, 2008

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is expected to submit on Tuesday morning the quarterly report on the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1701, which cemented the end of the Second Lebanon War. According to reports, the document does not accuse Hizbullah of violating the terms of the cease-fire, despite Israeli allegations that the Shi'ite militia has retaken its border positions and continues to amass rockets and other arms banned under 1701.

Diplomatic sources quoted by Army Radio assessed that the conciliatory tone of the report stemmed from the UN's desire to maintain political stability in Lebanon.
The report also states that both Israel and Syria have yet to address maps of the contested Sheba Farms area drawn up by a UN representative and submitted to the two countries over six months ago.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said that "United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 is not being implemented. Rockets continue to be moved into Lebanon, Hizbullah is becoming more powerful, and I think it is the Security Council's duty to convene and decide how to ensure that this resolution is indeed being enforced and carried out."

According to Army Radio, the report only mentions kidnapped IDF reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser to say that "This subject is also sensitive and there have been developments in recent days, which is why we cannot report on the matter to the Security Council."

Meanwhile, Lebanese sources quoted by Israel Radio Tuesday morning said that the swap deal between Israel and Hizbullah is expected to take place in the coming week.

According to the sources, who spoke to a Kuwaiti news agency, the deal will be completed in two phases, the first of which will last two days. On the first day, Hizbullah will transfer to Israel remains of soldiers killed during the Second Lebanon War in exchange for the bodies of dozens of Hizbullah fighters and terrorists buried in Israel. On the second day Israel will receive captured reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser and will transfer Samir Kuntar and four additional Lebanese prisoners to Hizbullah.

The second phase of the deal, the release of Palestinian prisoners, will only take place after 30 days. Israel, according to the sources, will probably release only women, children and sick inmates.

The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the reports.

Meanwhile, Army Radio reported that German mediator Gerhard Konrad was set to meet Hizbullah representatives in the coming days and peruse a dossier compiled by the organization on the subject of missing IAF navigator Ron Arad. According to the report, the deal will only be officially signed if Konrad confirms the seriousness of the Hizbullah dossier.

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