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Monday, May 10, 2010

Suleiman: Lebanon cannot and must not tell Hezbullah to disarm

Unwilling to risk his own life or to risk a civil war in his country, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said on Saturday that Lebanon cannot and must not tell Hezbullah to disarm, despite Lebanon's having signed onto UN Security Council Resolution 1701 at the end of the Second Lebanon War which committed it to do just that.
Lebanon's president says the government cannot ask Hezbollah to give up its weapons at a time of heightened tension with Israel.

A UN deal to end the 2006 war between Israel and the Shiite militants required Hezbollah to disarm, but Lebanon's politicians have been unable to agree on a national defense strategy that would integrate the group's weapons into the regular armed forces.

President Michel Suleiman said Saturday that Lebanon "cannot and must not" tell Hezbollah to disarm before reaching a deal on a defense strategy that would also address any future Israeli attacks.
What could go wrong?


At 4:40 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Lebanon doesn't have the means to disarm Hezbollah, with half of the "official" army's recruits being Shiite. That was one of the biggest flaws of UN Resolution 1701, to which Olmert and Livni agreed to cover up their own incompetence and failure to wipe Hezbollah. And Israel is stuck with a greater menace today, thanks in no small part to due to their "legacy."

What could go wrong indeed


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