Suleiman Tasks Mansour with Filing Complaint with U.N. over Israeli Overflightsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Israeli warplanes overflew Beirut, the eastern town of Baalbek that borders Syria, and southern Lebanon at low altitude Sunday, prompting a call for a complaint with the United Nations.
President Michel Suleiman tasked Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour with filing an urgent complaint with the U.N. over the overflights “which covered all Lebanese regions, including the capital Beirut,” said a terse statement.
Mansour condemned the violation of Lebanese airspace, confirming in remarks to the National News Agency that he would file the complaint over “the dangerous attacks carried by the Israeli army.”
The surge in overflights since January comes amid repeated warnings by Israel that the Syrian regime might transfer chemical weapons to Hizbullah.
Two air raids in Syria by Israeli warplanes last month destroyed missiles apparently destined for Hizbullah. The attacks have sparked fears that the party could hit back.
The United Nations has called on Israel to halt the increased military air patrols, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said in May.
He added that the overflights are a violation of Lebanese sovereignty and of Security Council resolution 1701 which allowed for a ceasefire that ended Israel's war with Hizbullah in 2006.
"We are aware of the concerns raised by the Lebanese government in this regard. The U.N. interim force has lodged firm protests with the Israeli Defense Force on this matter asking them to cease the overflights," Nesirky said.
Suleiman has previously condemned the Israeli violations, calling them a continuation of the Jewish state’s policy of intimidation.
At least his forces don't fire shells into Lebanese territory day after day knowing that the Lebanese Army will not do anything about it.
Philip. If u mean Assad, I have a worse title for him: Scum of the earth.
He indeed beats netanyahu in evil.
Imagine the uproar from the US and Israel if Lebanese aircraft started overflying Israel.
Hypocrisy and arrogance; the values that 'they' hate about 'us'!
So, complaining to the UN because of Israeli overflights. No complaining to the UN over Syrian shelling of Lebanese territory.
Something seems strange there.
How about filing a complaint about the syrian occupation of Lebanon for at least 40 decades and how about filing a complaint about hizb l khara violation of anything thats is Lebanon you coward wanker.
since it is an israeli violation, it will be filed within a couple of minutes--from syria, it would be 'lost in the main'
Dear Mr. President;
I was planning on starting my opinion on your current situation but I see that the1phoenix expressed some of my thoughts.
I have to go further militarily. I believe that with a UN mandate to have UNIFIL be directed to uphold Lebanese territory and have Israel give up the Sheba Farms, the LAF can afford to take Beirut as it's CAPITAL!!!
I am an armchair general. I live in the US, I am a Canandian and care and I love Lebanon through how I care about Israel. Which is much more! I was an alter boy for 6 years and listened to how men should praise their god. You and the UN and possibly the US have a chance to prove the army by taking back the country by declaring peace. NO MORE MINI STATE!!!
I know through politics that it is going to be the end of your career...but what a way Mr. President to claim a FREE LEBANON!
Protect your borders and unit the people. Unite Lebanon! May peace be with Israel and Lebanon.