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Lebanon: Aoun Says Israeli Wall Threatens Stability

Lebanon: Aoun Says Israeli Wall Threatens Stability

Saturday, 20 January, 2018 - 10:00
President Michel Aoun meets head of UNIFIL in southern Lebanon Major General Michael Beary on Friday January 19, 2018 at Baabda Palace. Dalati and Nohra photo

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon Commander Major General Michael Beary held separate meetings in Beirut on Friday with Lebanese officials, informing them that Israel has stopped its activity on a wall it plans to build along its border with Lebanon.

During his meeting with Beary at Baabda Palace, Aoun demanded attention be paid to the 13 specific points along the Blue Line that the government has reservations about.

"Lebanon doesn't consider the Blue Line to be the final border. It is a temporary measure that was used following (Lebanon’s) liberation in 2000 and Israel's withdrawal," the president said.

He also stressed that Israel's decision to build a wall within the demarcated Blue Line “isn’t compatible with the efforts that (UNIFIL) is exerting in cooperation with the Lebanese army to preserve security and stability along the southern border."

For his part, Beary praised the work that the army has been doing.

A statement from the presidency also said that Beary and Aoun talked about the Rome 2 conference that is scheduled to be held end of February to garner support for the Lebanese army and security forces.

The UNIFIL commander also held separate talks on Friday with Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The Israeli side stopped its activities on the border wall it plans to build pending the tripartite meetings that will be held in February, Beary told Berri.

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