World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


UN envoy backs Lebanon's approach to Palestinian m

UN envoy backs Lebanon's approach to Palestinian militias

A senior United Nations Lebanon holding talks in Beirut today with the country's officials hailed their integrated approach to the presence of Palestinian militias.

In meeting with Prime Minister Fouad Seniora, Terje Roed-Larsen lauded the initiative to dispatch a ministerial-level delegation to Palestinian refugee camps yesterday.

The Norwegian diplomat emphasized that the UN was in full agreement and support of the integrated approach the cabinet was pursuing, stating that it was important to view issues relating to the Palestinian militias in Lebanon not only through the lens of security, but also take into account political, social, and economic factors.

Mr. Roed-Larsen called on the international community to lend its assistance to the Government's engagement to improve the conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Also today, the envoy held talks with Interior Minister Ahmad Fatfat; Phalange party leader and former President Amine Gemayel;l FPM leader General Michel Aoun; Ghassan Tueni, the father of murdered MP Gibran Tueni; former Prime Minister Najib Mikati; former MP Suleiman Franjieh and a number of other Lebanese political representatives.

During all his discussions, the UN Special Envoy emphasized again the historical significance of the ongoing National Dialogue in Lebanon, which was guided by the Taif Agreement that the Lebanese were now seeking to implement. Mr. Roed –Larsen, whose mandate derives from Security Council Resolution 1559, said that text was a reflection of the Taif Agreement and was the international reiteration of the Agreement, which was negotiated among the Lebanese in 1989.

The UN diplomat also reiterated his view that dialogue and partnership between Lebanon and Syria were indispensable in moving forward, and that the most urgent items on the agenda were now the demarcation of the common border between the two neighbouring countries and the establishment of formal diplomatic relations.

Mr. Roed-Larsen will continue his talks in Beirut tomorrow, before returning to New York to brief Secretary-General Annan and prepare Annan's report to the Security Council, expected in mid-April this year.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Mexico: Violence And Repression Of Teachers

The member organizations of Network for Peace express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces... In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news