Syria called for the dismissal of UN envoy Terje Roed-Larsen


Syria has reportedly called for the dismissal of Terje Roed-Larsen, U.N. secretary-general’s envoy responsible implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, for allegedly making secret visits to Israel to incite the Jewish state against Damascus and for opposing the withdrawal from the northern part of the village of Ghajar by Israel.

Yasar Diab, the Syrian UN mission’s third secretary in New York,told the General Assembly’s fifth committee on administrative and budgetary affairs that Roed-Larsen has written two reports this year on the implementation of 1559 without making any visits to Beirut, As Safir has reported

Diab accused Roed-Larsen of violating the U.N. Charter by interfering in Lebanese-Syrian affairs such as border demarcation.

Diab stressed that Damascus has implemented 1559’s provisions by withdrawing its troops and intelligence agents from Lebanese territories.

According to the UN Roed-Larsen is also responsible for implementation of UNSC resolution 1680 and 1701

According to Lebanese observers , UNSCR 1559 also calls for disarming Hezbollah and the Palestinian factions that are loyal to Syria. Since both groups continue to be armed and since Syria is reportedly smuggling the arms to them , the UN does not consider that Syria up till now has implemented this resolution

The Norwegian diplomat who is well experienced in Mideast politics was instrumental in reaching the Oslo Accords between the PLO and Israel back in 1993



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