Hezbollah opposes presence of UNIFIL on Syria border

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A parade by the Iranian backed Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah militia.

hezbollah paradeHezbollah MP Ali Fayyad declared on Sunday that Hezbollah opposes the expansion of the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 to include Lebanon’s borders with Syria .

“The expansion the scope of the 1701 international decision to the borders with Syria in the Bekaa is impractical, inapplicable, and politically rejected,” Fayyad said i during a ceremony in the southern village of Debbine.

His comments come after March 14 alliance reiterated its call for the deployment of Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) , assisted by UNIFIL peacekeepers along the border with Syria.

“Border control remains incomplete without the immediate withdrawal of Hezbollah from Syria,” the March 14 bloc said in a statement following a meeting marking the return to Lebanon of former PM and Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri

March 14 also voiced support for the state, and its political, military and security institutions, as the sole guarantor of the security and stability of the Lebanese and for Muslim-Christian coexistence.

The alliance affirmed its continued struggle for the sake of Lebanon’s independence and sovereignty, calling for control of the Lebanese-Syrian border through the deployment of the army, supported by UNIFIL peacekeepers .

Tens of thousands of Hezbollah fighters are actively trying to save the Assad regime despite the Baabda accord which calls for distancing Lebanon from the Syrian conflict. Placing UNIFIL peacekeepers along the border could limit Hezbollah’s movement between Lebanon and Syria