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Hizbullah posters in southern Lebanon (archives) Photo: Rinat Malkes
Hizbullah posters in southern Lebanon (archives) Photo: Rinat Malkes

US claims HIzbullah still smuggling arms through Syria

American ambassador to Lebanon says there is clear evidence Shiite terror organization continues to violate UN resolutions. 'We find the evidence to be strong that arms smuggling is continuing across the Syrian-Lebanese border,' Jeffrey Feltman adds

Published: 09.14.07, 19:20 / Israel News

The US ambassador to Lebanon said on Friday that there was clear evidence the Shiite terror organization Hizbullah was still smuggling weapons across the Syrian border, in violation of UN resolutions.


"We find the evidence to be strong that arms smuggling is continuing across the Syrian-Lebanese border," Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman told AFP, without giving any specific details.


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"We are concerned by the reports and by the public statements by Hizbullah that Hizbullah has actively rearmed."


He added: "In our view this poses one of the biggest dangers to Lebanon and it is a violation of the spirit and the letter of a number of Security Council resolutions."


The Lebanese group, which is backed by Syria and Iran, is considered a terrorist organization by the United States. It had one minister in the Lebanese government until he and five other pro-Syrian ministers resigned last November.


Hizbullah, which claimed its resistance against Israel forced the Jewish state's 2000 withdrawal from south Lebanon, seized two Israeli soldiers in July 2006, sparking last year's devastating 34-day war with Israel.


This led subsequently to the reinforcement of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the deployment of the Lebanese army along the tense border zone with Israel for the first time in decades.


The group, however, was not disarmed and recently said it still had weapons that could reach Israel.


Feltman said there were several initiatives under discussion with the Lebanese government on how to put a stop to weapons smuggling.


Saying that the international community would respond favourably to any Lebanese government request to help in border security, Feltman said "there are several initiatives under discussion with the government about how best to prevent smuggling, most importantly arms smugglings."


He also rejected arguments that controlling Lebanon's border with Syria would amount to interfering in the country's sovereignty.


"Controlling borders is an assertion of sovereignty," he maintained.


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