Lebanon asks U.S. to stop Israeli "violations"

08:17, May 19, 2010      

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Lebanon on Tuesday asked the United States to make more efforts in order to stop the Israeli " violations" of Lebanese sovereignty, the country's state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.

According to the report, Lebanese Foreign Minister Ali Shami discussed the Middle East peace process prospects with Frederick Hoff, assistant to U.S. special envoy for the Middle East peace process Senator George Mitchell.

"Shami asked Hoff to relay his request to the U.S. administration in making every possible effort in order to attain Israeli withdrawal from occupied Lebanese territories and to cease daily violations of Lebanese sovereignty," the report added.

Lebanon accuses Israel of intruding its airspace on a daily basis, saying it is a violation of UN resolution 1701 that ended a 34-day war in 2006 between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah.

Lebanon in April filed a complaint with the UN Security Council against Israel, accusing it of violating "the international Blue Line and infiltrating into the Lebanese territories" before building a fence.

The Blue Line, the line for Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000, now serves as the borderline of the two neighbors and runs through the middle of the occupied al-Ghajar village.



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