UN envoy calls on Israel to end air violations of Lebanon

7 March 2006

Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative for Southern Lebanon once more called on Israel today to end its air violations of the Blue Line and Lebanese sovereignty.

“These air violations come at a delicate time during Lebanon’s efforts to re-assert its sovereignty and independence, including, among other things, through the historic national dialogue currently underway,” Geir O. Pedersen said in a statement after four Israeli air violations yesterday and one so far today.

He reminded all parties that one violation cannot justify another and called on them to respect fully the Blue Line demarcating Israel’s withdrawal from Southern Lebanon in 2000.