Report: UN Chief Emphasizes Commitment to 1559, Russia to 'Keep Hizbullah from Israel Border'

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the Lebanese to “move towards the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1559,” recalling the Lebanese government's “international commitment to disarm Hizbullah and the rest of the armed groups,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

“The participation of Hizbullah and other Lebanese groups in the conflict in Syria violates the international resolution, the Baabda Declaration and the dissociation policy and constitutes a threat to Lebanon's stability,” said Guterres in a semi-annual report to the UN Security Council on the implementation of Resolution 1559.

In the report Guterres emphasized that “the participation of Hizbullah and other Lebanese groups in the conflict in Syria violates the international resolution, the Baabda Declaration and the dissociation policy and constitutes a threat to Lebanon's stability.”

Diplomatic sources who spoke to al-Joumhouria on condition of anonymity commented on Guterres remarks saying that “Lebanon was present at the talks of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoig during his visit to Israel as for Hizbullah's arms and its role in Syria.”

According to Israeli Jerusalem Post “Shoigu told Israel that Moscow has agreed to expand a buffer zone along the Israeli-Syrian border, where Iranian and Hizbullah forces will not be allowed to enter.”

The sources added “Israeli officials told Shoigu that Israel would not distinguish in any future confrontation between the State of Lebanon and Hizbullah and that the contacts it had conducted had not led to a result in terms of restraint of Hizbullah and Iran. They said they took the United States advice in 2006 not to mistaken the Lebanese army with Hizbullah, but that separation would not be respected if there was any confrontation,” in the future.

"Shoigu has asked Israel for self-restraint because Iran and Hizbullah's extension will end oneway or another when the fighting in Syria ends. But the Israeli officials disagreed with the Russian minister and told him they had intelligence reports that the role of Iran and the party would double after the end of the fighting in Syria, and that this is Israel's first concern at the moment,” said the sources.

They added “Russia is taking the Israeli threats seriously this time. The proof is that Shoigu is visiting Israel for the first time despite being defense minister since 2012.”

"The Israeli officials were not comfortable with the outcome of the negotiations because Russia, while understanding Israeli concerns, wants to maintain balanced relations with Syria and Iran, especially since Moscow needs at this stage Iranian human support in Syria," they said.

“The only thing that resulted from the Russian-Israeli talks is an Israeli promise to give a new opportunity for political peace negotiations and a Russian emphasis on working to ensure a safe area for Israel on its borders with Lebanon,” they concluded.

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Thumb justin 20 October 2017, 12:04

“The participation of Hizbullah and other Lebanese groups in the conflict in Syria violates the international resolution, the Baabda Declaration and the dissociation policy and constitutes a threat to Lebanon's stability,” said Guterres in a semi-annual report to the UN Security Council on the implementation of Resolution 1559.

But Aoun always reiterates Lebanon's commitment and abidance to resolutions 1701 and 1559.

Thumb justin 20 October 2017, 12:05

Russia to 'Keep Hizbullah from Israel Border'

so what is the 'resistance' for now except to cause chaos, commit murder, and topple arab regimes?

Thumb janoubi 20 October 2017, 14:16

the iranian terror group always existed to implement Iran's ideological, religious, and sectarian agenda. Any talk of resistance and fighting Israel is mere BS.

Thumb s.o.s 20 October 2017, 13:52

The New Master in the area is Russia, They earned it by saving the dictator's life and crumbling country. Vladimir is the big boss and will intend to show it in the future by putting a leash on Nusralot and Khamenei's necks because that's what masters do. Somehow I believe it's a blessing for Lebanon and the Middle East.

Thumb s.o.s 20 October 2017, 13:56

If Anyone feels like writing a letter to the big boss Vladimir here's the address

The President of the Russian Federation
23, Ulitsa Ilyinka, 103132, Moscow, Russia
Phone number +7 495 606 36 02

Thumb norma-jean 20 October 2017, 14:06

I once wrote to him about marketing my products in the Russian Federation and when he saw my facebook profile picture he invited me to the Kremlin for a private audience. I declined his offer. He is a harasser presidential level.

Thumb janoubi 20 October 2017, 14:15

He is worse than Harvey Weinstein.

Thumb s.o.s 20 October 2017, 14:56

Madmozeeeel Khabbaz, keefik? Tfaddale, it's Kawa time . What you write about Vladimir comes as no surprise to me, he's a well known predator. He dumped his communist looking wife for an 18 year old doll. And believe me your lucky you declined the audience, he doesn't take no for an answer. It's also his strength, he'll twist the Syrian and Iranian hand to the point of rupture one day or another. That's the price to pay for dealing with someone like him! milk and sugar with the Kawa or seda? :)

Thumb s.o.s 20 October 2017, 15:14

A friend once looked for Hassan Nasrala’s address to write him but couldn’t find any.

I answered him there were two possibilities

1) he cant read, so why provide a postal address
2) he doesn’t have an address, he’s homeless.

I tend to favor option 2.

Missing humble 20 October 2017, 15:26

Always a great welcome and salute to the bright Norma-Jean.

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I googled earth it, it does appear to be a dead end!

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Missing humble 20 October 2017, 15:24

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Thumb farsical.resistance 20 October 2017, 20:05

Michel Aoun is the godfather of UN 1559, if we are to believe Michel Aoun. It's also referenced in the FPMs 2005 Orange electoral book. The one that all but disappeared from the annals of the FPM after the 2006 MOU. First, the original, mentioning the Iranian terrorist militia in Lebanon and the Syrian regime was removed from their website and replaced with an amended one. Then it was removed completely along with many archival documents.