|Israel Expects the Lebanese Government to Deploy its Army in South Lebanon – Letter from Foreign Minister Levy to UN Secretary General
(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
Foreign Minister David Levy sent a letter today to the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, welcoming his announcement to the Security Council that Israel had rectified all violations of the withdrawal line between Israel and Lebanon, as determined by UN officials.
Minister Levy emphasizes in his letter that Lebanon must now fulfill its obligations in accordance with Resolution 425, and deploy its forces immediately in areas vacated by Israel. Levy adds that Israel expects Lebanon to act fairly towards former SLA men and their families. The Security Council must demand that Lebanon put an end to the daily provocations from its side, which threaten the calm along the border. The Foreign Minister stresses that Israel has fully implemented Security Council Resolution 425, in accordance with agreements reached in his meetings with the Secretary General in New York, Geneva and Jerusalem. The Foreign Minister thanks Annan for his actions in this matter, as well as his special representative, Terje Larsen, and his staff.
Levy welcomes the deployment of the UNIFIL forces in the area, which is expected to take place tomorrow, and expresses his hope that the quiet and stability which has been achieved along the border will be maintained, serving as a basis for peace between Israel and Lebanon.