Foreign Minister Levy’s Trip to Geneva

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
April 4, 2000

Foreign Minister David Levy will depart on April 4 for Geneva in order to meet with UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, to update him on the government decision to withdraw from Lebanon in July.

This government decision is in keeping with Security Council Resolution 425. The Israeli Government is interested in international cooperation with regard to the demarcation of the border and the establishment of an effective mechanism which will prevent a further deterioration in Lebanon.

Foreign Minister Levy said, "The decision to withdraw from Lebanon is one that we are determined to carry out – this is a clear Israeli interest. Israel is interested to know what action the signatories to Security Council Resolution 425 intend to take to implement the resolution, and intends to assist and cooperate in order to carry it out and to ensure that there is calm in Lebanon."

Foreign Minister Levy met yesterday with the ambassadors of France and the United States, and discussed the issue with them.