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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nasrallah upset at UN report

AFP reports:
Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement Wednesday accused the United Nations of interfering in Lebanese affairs, days after the world body warned tension in the country could affect the entire region.

The UN on Monday released a report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559, which calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all militias on Lebanese soil and the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon.

In the report, released after a controversial visit to Lebanon by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week, UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned that Lebanon had been hit by a new climate of "uncertainty" that could cause instability across the Middle East.

"The report released by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Resolution 1559 ... marks interference in internal Lebanese affairs as well as political interference in the affairs of the international tribunal," Hezbollah said in a statement.
For some reason, I couldn't find the new report in the UN website, although I found a copy here.

While it is welcome to see the UN actually try to enforce a Security Council resolution, the bad news is that the Secretary General has written similar reports every six months since 1559 was adopted. Here's the one from April, and all the others.

Meaning that, it the end, the UN cannot do anything about it.