U.S. Maintains Stance On Hizbollah
7 June 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush's press secretary says that the United States still considers Lebanon's Hizbollah movement a terrorist organization that should be disarmed
He said that Hizbolah's political success does not alter U.S. views on terrorist organizations.
Official results show that Lebanon's pro-Syrian Hizbollah and its allies were victors in parliamentary elections in southern Lebanon. Hizbollah and the Shi'ite Amal movement took all 23 seats in the election on 5 June.
McClellan said the United States continues to have concerns about outside interference in Lebanon. He said that the killing last week of anti-Syrian journalist Samir Kassir indicates the environment created by Syria's long presence in that country.
Kassir, a columnist for the newspaper An Nahar, had demanded the removal of Syrian troops from Lebanon and an end to its influence there.
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