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Cablegate: Draft Unsc Resolution Condemning Violence In

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TO RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK IMMEDIATE 0000
INFO UN SECURITY COUNCIL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: UNSC SY LE PREL PBTS PTER
SUBJECT: DRAFT UNSC RESOLUTION CONDEMNING VIOLENCE IN
LEBANON


1. (U) This is an action message. USUN is authorized to
urgently share the draft resolution in para 2 below with the
French Mission, and other UNSC members at USUN's discretion,
with a view towards spurring Council action on the
Hizballah-initiated violence in Lebanon which began on May 8.
Department requests USUN report back initial reaction from
the French and others.

2. (U) Begin text:

Recalling all its previous resolutions on Lebanon, in
particular resolutions 1559 (2004), 1680 (2006), and 1701
(2006), and its statements of 30 October 2006, 12 December
2006, 17 April 2007, 11 July 2007, 3 August 2007, and 11
December 2007,

Reaffirming its support for Lebanese constitutional
institutions, in particular the government and the Lebanese
Armed Forces and its strong support for the territorial
integrity, sovereignty and political independence of the
Lebanese state within its internationally recognized borders,

Condemning the unlawful acts of violence committed by
Hizballah since 7 May 2008, and expressing its utmost concern
for the loss of life of Lebanese civilians and its
condolences to the families of the victims and to the
government and people of Lebanon,

Reiterating its grave concern about the continued presence of
armed militias in Lebanon, which prevent the Lebanese
Government from exercising its full sovereignty over all
Lebanese territory,

Noting its deep concern about continuing reports about
weapons flows across the Syria-Lebanon border in violation of
resolution 1701 (2006) and the lack of progress in
delineating the international border of Lebanon or in
developing border monitoring mechanisms;

Welcoming the statement of 11 May 2008 of the Arab League,
which rejected the use of arms and violence to achieve
political goals, and its intention to dispatch a delegation
to Lebanon to lead a return to dialogue,

Determining that the ongoing violence is exacerbating the
situation in Lebanon, and further determining that that
situation continues to constitute a threat to international
peace and security,

1. Demands the immediate cessation of fighting, withdrawal
of all militias from the streets, the reopening of Beirut
International Airport and the Beirut port to ensure the
freedom of movement of Lebanese and others to and from the
country, and the removal of all barricades to ensure freedom
of movement within Lebanon;

2. Calls for the immediate election of a president without
prior conditions or foreign interference, the establishment
of a national unity government, and the holding of general
elections in conformity with an electoral law agreed upon by
all parties, in accordance with the Arab League plan;

3. Demands the full and immediate implementation of all
provisions of resolutions 1559 (2004), 1680 (2006), 1701
(2006), and 1747 (2007), noting in particular the importance
of Syria and Iran complying with these resolutions, and
expresses its intention to consider further measures in order
to help ensure:

-- the immediate disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese
and non-Lebanese militias, including Hizballah;

-- the immediate cessation of all sales or supplies of arms
and related materiel to Lebanon except as authorized by its
Government;

4. Calls for immediate international investigation of the
Syrian role in providing arms to Hizballah and other militias
in violation of resolutions 1559 (2005), 1701 (2006), 1747
(2007), and 1803 (2007);

5. Urges Member States to suspend international flights to
and from Damascus International Airport and International
airports in Iran until Beirut International Airport is
allowed to reopen;

6. Expresses its intention to consider measures against
Hizballah for failure to implement resolution 1559 (2005) and
1701 (2006), and terrorist acts;

7. Requests the Secretary General to develop proposals for
assisting the Government of Lebanon secure its borders and
other entry points to prevent the entry in Lebanon without
its consent of arms or related materiel;

8. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

End text.
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