Saturday, March 19, 2005

Lebanese Cardinal wants Hizb Allah disarmed

Cardinal Nasr Allah Butrus Sfair also said after talks with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that Annan would dispatch international observers to monitor Lebanon's May parliamentary elections, to ensure they were free and fair. But UN special envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said that while the world body wanted monitors in Lebanon, there was not yet an agreement to let them in.

"This is clearly my opinion and this is a part of my dialogue with the parties," Roed-Larsen said in an interview on National Public Radio's All Things Considered show. "I have a continued dialogue with them which is not yet concluded," he said when asked if that meant the parties were resisting the idea of observers. Annan has asked Roed-Larsen to press for enforcement of a resolution, drafted by France and the United States, that calls on Syria to withdraw all its forces from Lebanon. The resolution, adopted by the Security Council in November, also seeks the disarmament of all Lebanese militias such as Hizb Allah.


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