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UPDATED: 09:06, March 13, 2007
EU wants change in Syria's behavior: Solana
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EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Monday that he would discuss with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad prospects of changing Syria's behavior, local Naharnet news website reported.

Solana, talking to reporters in a joint news conference with Lebanese Premier Fouad Seniora, said he would visit Syria on Wednesday to find out "how can Syria's behavior change... We'll hold talks with the Syrian President."

He said the talks with Assad would also cover the international tribunal that will try suspects in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese ex-Premier Rafik Hariri and related crimes.

Solana also said he was satisfied with implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended a 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah last August.

However, he stressed that Israeli overflights that "violate the Lebanese airspace are a problem."

He described as "good" the cooperation between UN peacekeepers and the Lebanese army in southern regions abutting Israel.

For his part, Seniora said he discussed with Solana implementation of UN resolution 1701 and the situation in Lebanon as well as regional developments "that affect the situation in Lebanon."

He described his talks with the EU official as "good, useful and fruitful."

Before his talks with Seniora, Solana met Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

"He (Berri) said he will try to be of help ... I come out of the meeting more optimistic than when I went in," Solana told reporters.

Solana's one-day visit to Lebanon is one of stops in a tour that also takes him to Saudi Arabia and Syria where he is scheduled to meet Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Source: Xinhua

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