UN official: no imminent war on Lebanon

08:40, April 23, 2010      

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The United Nations special coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams on Thursday ruled out an imminent Israeli war against Lebanon.

During a visit to Lebanese Army barracks in the south, Williams told reporters that there is "no imminent Israeli war against Lebanon."

However, he stressed that "the levels of tension are high, and both sides should work to reduce these tensions."

The UN official renewed his condemnation to the "recurrent Israeli violations to Lebanon's sovereignty since 2006."

He also voiced hopes that "Lebanon as well as all concerned parties including Israel would sign Ottawa Treaty to limit the use of mines."

His remarks came after some Arab and Israeli media reported last week that Syria has transferred some Scud missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon, an accusation denied by both Syria and Hezbollah.

On Wednesday, U.S. State Department Philip Crowley said Lebanon would be put at "significant risk" if Syria transferred Scud missiles to Hezbollah.

Lebanon accuses Israel of intruding its airspace on a daily basis, saying it is a violation of resolution 1701, while Israel accuses Hezbollah of rearming in the border area.



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