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UPDATED: 10:05, August 13, 2006
Arab League expresses reservations on UN resolution on Lebanon
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The Cairo-based Arab League Saturday expressed several reservations on the newly-passed UN Security Council resolution in Lebanon, Egypt's MENA news agency reported.

AL Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Ahmed bin Helli made the remarks during an interview with the Qatar-based al- Jazeera TV channel.

According to bin Helli, the UN resolution 1701 has not held Israel responsible for its offensive on Lebanon, or it has even not blamed Israel for the outcome of this offensive or the harm it caused.

Bin Helli said that the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council in this respect could be followed someday.

Earlier on Friday, the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution, which condemned Israel for attacking Lebanon and decided to urgently establish and immediately dispatch a high- level commission to inquire Israel's violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Lebanon.

Bin Helli said the UN resolution also failed to equally tackle the issue of the prisoners -- the two Israeli soldiers held by Hezbollah and the Lebanese detainees in Israel.

Despite these two shortcomings, bin Helli said that the resolution was the best it could have for the time being in light of "a different international equation".

On Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1701, calling for Israeli troops withdrawal and authorizing an increase of the existing UN force in Lebanon to 15, 000 troops to help Lebanese troops take control of south Lebanon as Israel withdraws.

France and the United States, co-sponsors of the draft resolution, came up with a compromise final version after days of hard wrangling. And the resolution has left out some key demands from both Israel and Lebanon in efforts to produce a workable arrangement.

Source: Xinhua


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