Sources: Lebanon Sends 'Memo' to U.N., Files 'Complaint' with Arab League over Syria Attacks

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Lebanese authorities have sent a “memo” to the U.N. Security Council on Syrian air raids and rocket attacks and “filed a complaint” with the Arab League over the assaults carried out by Syrian regime troops and the rebel Free Syrian Army, government sources said Friday.

The sources told An Nahar daily that the two moves were made on Thursday night after reports that President Michel Suleiman and caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour had argued on what measures to take.

Baabda palace sources denied that such an argument had taken place, saying Suleiman held a telephone conversation with Mansour and urged him to consult with caretaker Premier Najib Miqati on ways to file “two complaints.”

The president also asked the caretaker FM to include the details of attacks carried out by both regime troops and the rebels in the letter to the Arab League given that the Security council does not officially recognize the Free Syrian Army.

The “memo” sent to the Security Council seemed to be a toned down version because lodging a complaint against Syria would set a precedent among Arab countries in taking their disputes to the world body.

Even before Lebanon took the move, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem sent a memo to Lebanon stressing “the importance that the Lebanese army control the border to preserve security and stability."

According to Mansour, Muallem urged Lebanese authorities to "take the necessary measures that consolidate joint efforts … to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the two states."

There have been several attacks from rebel-held areas of Syria on Hizbullah strongholds in northeastern Lebanon in recent months.

Such attacks increased after Hizbullah, along with Syrian army forces captured from rebels the key central Syrian town of Qusayr.

Syrian regime troops have also carried out attacks on border areas, mainly air raids on the northeastern town of Arsal, which has become an escape route for rebels and people running away from the fighting in Syria.

Syria's army command insists that it respects Lebanon's sovereignty but would continue to target rebels.

Comments 7
Thumb benzona 14 June 2013, 08:11

A memorandum isn't going to bring the dead back, heal the wounds nor rebuild the destroyed homes.

Thumb geha 14 June 2013, 08:28

both mansour and miqati are helping their Syrian friend.

Thumb general_puppet 14 June 2013, 08:41

Mansour must have thrown a fit, his boss Assad will recall him to Damascus for punishment.

Thumb saturn 14 June 2013, 09:34

A small post-it memo with a big heart and the complaint written on the back?

Missing ghzayel 14 June 2013, 09:46

the memo should also add:
since we the lebanese government are divided, corrupt, incompetent and weak and since we have rogue armed lebanese and palestinian elements roaming free inside the country and violating its borders daily please provide urgently a sizable multinational force to clean up all the mess we created and restore law and order.

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 14 June 2013, 12:55

Chou hal 7aki!? ya3tikon el 3afyeh walla!

Default-user-icon kiwalis (Guest) 14 June 2013, 17:33

I didn't know that a miniature minsiter like the syrian puppet mansour had the right to argue about a decision made by the president of the country