[IWAR] LEBANON wants Israel out now

From: Michael Wilson (MWILSON/0005514706at_private)
Date: Mon Jan 05 1998 - 10:18:44 PST

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        Lebanon wants Israelis out of its southern territories now, speaker says
          Copyright ) 1998 Nando.net
          Copyright ) 1998 Agence France-Presse
       BEIRUT (January 5, 1998 11:30 a.m. EST http://www.nando.net) - Lebanese
       parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri said Monday that Israel must
       unconditionally withdraw from south Lebanon to conform to a 1978 U.N.
       resolution, and rejected Israel's demands for security guarantees.
       "Resolution 425 stipulates an unconditional Israeli withdrawal and does
       not envision any security arrangements other than the armistice accord"
       which ended the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, Berri said.
       He said he "feared" that the aim of the Israeli government in publicly
       accepting the 20-year-old resolution this week is "to separate the
       Lebanese and Syrian peace tracks."
       Israel publicly accepted the resolution for the first time on Sunday but
       insisted any pullout must be accompanied by security guarantees.
       "Israel is ready to accept Resolution 425 provided that it is possible
       to reach an agreement with Lebanon which will ensure the security
       procedures required by Israel," Netanyahu said.
       "Of course a unilateral withdrawal is out of the question," he added.
       Berri, who also heads the Shiite Amal movement, said the acceptance of
       the resolution by Israel 20 years on was "a positive (development) due
       to the action of the anti-Israeli resistance in south Lebanon."
       Israel occupies a buffer zone in south Lebanon to protect its northern
       territory from attacks by anti-Israeli guerrillas, notably the
       Iranian-backed Hezbollah, but also the pro-Syrian Amal.

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