|Hezbollah criticizes UN report on Syria||
Hezbollah official Ammar Musawi met Tuesday with the United Nations envoy in Lebanon, Derek Plumbly, and criticized a recent report in which UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from the fighting in Syria.
“The recent report by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over Resolution 1559 lacks accuracy and objectivity," said Musawi, who heads Hezbollah’s international relations department, after meeting with Plumbly in Beirut’s southern suburbs.
“[The report] constitutes a bias in the analysis of the situation in Lebanon, and therefore does not serve the role assigned to the secretary-general, especially in terms of working to enhance security and stability,” he added.
In his recent report on UN Security Council Resolution 1559, Ban urged “Hezbollah and all other concerned parties not to engage in any militant activity inside or outside of Lebanon” in line with the resolution which calls on Lebanon to establish its sovereignty, foreign forces to withdraw and individual militias to disband.
Musawi and Plumbly also discussed Lebanon’s political and security situation as well as the Syrian refugee presence in the country.
Addressing the crisis in neighboring Syria, Musawi said: “Hezbollah supports any political solution in Syria based on the participation of all sides and away from any preconditions.”
He also urged the international community to implement its commitment to helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
The international community has pledged funds to help Lebanon cope with over 800,000 refugees in the country but the funds have not yet been received by officials.
(Source: The Daily Star)
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