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U.N. Report: Hezbollah’s Weapons Threaten Lebanese Sovereignty and Stability

U.N. Report: Hezbollah’s Weapons Threaten Lebanese Sovereignty and Stability

Beirut- Secretary General of the United Nations (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon issued a report on Wednesday exhibiting Hezbollah and Israeli exercised violations against the U.N. resolution 1701 on different occasions.

He said that Hezbollah’s weapons do not ensure Lebanon’s protection; instead they negatively affect the Lebanese decision-making process. Hezbollah’s armed presence in Lebanon compromises and threatens Lebanon’s stability and sovereignty.

Nabil de Freige Lebanese MP considers the U.N. issued report a result of the series of decisions taken by Gulf countries against Hezbollah’s approach in Lebanon. The militant party controls governmental lawmaking offices which tipped off Lebanon’s political balance.

De Freige told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Hezbollah’s armaments no longer serve national interest the way they did before 2000.

“Ever since southern Lebanese grounds were liberated onward, Hezbollah’s armed presence affected the country’s institutional work negatively”, de Freige said.

“We are fully aware that Hezbollah will not take any resolutions or reports into consideration, because the party’s decision on matters is in Iranian hands,” he added.

The report also highlighted the attacks staged by Hezbollah against Israeli vehicles and the launching of missiles towards Israel during 2015, on the 4th of January and 20th of December respectively.

The UNGS report also emphasized that the incidents, along with the Israeli retaliating response, present dangerous violations to the U.N. resolution 1701 and ceasefire.

The report presented by Ban Ki-moon covers the implementation of resolution 1701 for the duration between November 5 2015 and February 26, 2016.

Ban Ki-moon stressed that arms possessed by Hezbollah and other off-board militias in Lebanon infringe the country’s commitments on employing U.N. resolutions 1559 and 1701.

He also expressed his deep concern regarding Hezbollah’s readiness to employ its capacity to violate resolution 1107. Ban also warned that the group’s possession of weapons and attempts to procure evolved artilleries further fuels the conflict, leading to grave consequences both Lebanon and the region will have to confront.

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