Kofi: "UN will not disarm Hezbollah."
Posted by Exile on August 21, 2006
After the Israelis stopped the Syrian/Iranian weapons transport during the weekend, Kofi Annan got up on his high horse and slammed the Israeli defense forces for breaking the ceasefire agreement. He barely mentioned the Lebanese allowing Hezbollah to re-arm. This ceasefire is a non-event. It has not been respected by either Lebanon or Hezbollah and I believe the Israelis are running out of patience. It doesn’t look as if the international “force” will be forceful at all and the mandate for putting them there is getting thinner by the day.
This from Arutz Sheva, Israel’s national news:
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan accused Israel of violating the United Nations Security Council ceasefire resolution and only vaguely referred to the violation by Hizbullah’s smuggling of weapons from Syria. But the lack of a significant number of troops from European nations for the proposed international force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), along with Hizbullah’s refusal to disarm, may signal an end to the erosion of Israel’s diplomatic position.
And finally, the cat is out of the bag and the whole idea of a peacekeeping force is totoally washed out:
Kofi Annan already has made it clear that the U.N. does not intend to enforce the resolution and disarm Hizbullah. He has claimed that the UNIFIL mandate is to keep Hizbullah from attacking Israel while leaving the matter of disarmament for diplomats.
Whatever happened to resolution 1559 then Kofi? All paper and hot air? What diplomat is going to disarm hezbollah?And how? He can’t honestly believe that Iran and Syria are going to voluntarily remove this threat to world peace, not to mention the chance to continue to attack Israel whenever they feel the need to divert some of the world’s attention from Iran’s nuclear program.
The ceasefire agreement clearly states as a condition:
– security arrangements to prevent the resumption of hostilities, including the establishment between the Blue Line and the Litani river of an area free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the government of Lebanon and of UNIFIL as authorized in paragraph 11, deployed in this area; – full implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, and of resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1680 (2006), that require the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon, so that, pursuant to the Lebanese cabinet decision of July 27, 2006, there will be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese state;
I see no reason for Israel to continue to be bound by this laughable piece of diplomatic humbug called a ceasefire. It was never meant to protect the interests of Israel. It is protecting Hezbollah and strengthening it. This whole scenario gets more ridiculous by the hour.
I leave the last word with the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mark Regev.
“If the Syrians and Iran continue to arm Hizbullah in violation of the resolution, Israel is entitled to act to defend the principle of the arms embargo.”
There went the ceasefire…!
Pass me my earplugs.