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LEBANON SHOULD HANDLE HEZBOLLAH DISARMAMENT INDEPENDENTLY

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, March 14 (RIA Novosti) - Lebanon should solve the problem of disarmament of the military wing of the Hezbollah movement and other armed units in Lebanon independently, through a quiet dialog, said official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko.

"As regards the disarmament of irregular units, it is above all up to the people of Lebanon to decide. This process will certainly take time and the related delicate questions should be settled by the Lebanese through a quiet dialog in the spirit of national accord and reconciliation," Mr. Yakovenko noted commenting on the participation of Hezbollah representatives in the recent massive rally in Beirut.

The spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry recalled that Hezbollah is an influential force represented in the parliament and taking part in political, economic and social life within the framework of the present constitution of Lebanon. "Simultaneously, Hezbollah has a paramilitary wing," the Russian diplomat noted.

"A provision of UN Security Counci's Resolution 1559 implies the disarmament of all the Lebanese and non-Lebanese irregular armed units, above all, Hezbollah and the Palestinian organizations based in refugee camps", Alexander Yakovenko said.

According to him, Russia has often stressed that the resolution of the UN Security Council and its other decisions on the Middle East, such as Resolutions 242 and 338, should be implemented. "The withdrawal of the Syrian troops, as Resolution 1559 says, has already begun," Mr. Alexander Yakovenko added.



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