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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that extremists and armed groups could take advantage of the current power and security vacuum in Lebanon where polarization is increasing.

In his six-month report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Wednesday, Ban called for the formation of a new Lebanese government that will take “tangible measures” to disarm Hezbollah and Palestinian militias.

The secretary-general said he is “deeply concerned that the combination of mistrust among the parties and the continued presence of militias could lead to tensions and possible insecurity and instability in Lebanon and beyond.”

Hezbollah, a Shiite militia strongly backed by Iran, forced the collapse of Lebanon’s Western-backed government led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri in January. CP

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