UN envoy on Lebanon to travel to Syria

6 June 2005
Terje Roed-Larsen

The United Nations special envoy overseeing Syria’s withdrawal from Lebanon will travel to Syria “as soon as possible” for talks with the country's President, a UN spokesman said today.

“The Secretary-General has instructed his Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, to travel as soon as possible to Syria to meet with President Bashar Al-Assad,” Stephane Dujarric told journalists at UN Headquarters daily briefing.

“The Secretary-General expects that the United Nations and the Government of Syria will continue to work closely together to ensure the full implementation of Security Council resolution 1559,” Mr. Dujarric said.

Resolution 1559 calls for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, the disarmament of militia, the extension of Government control over all Lebanese territory and the holding of free elections.

The Government of Syria notified Mr. Annan and the Council on 26 April that it had repatriated its troops, military assets and intelligence apparatus after 30 years in Lebanon. A UN verification mission confirmed this, except for the Syrian intelligence apparatus, which they said was, by its clandestine nature, not verifiable.


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