I think UNSCR 1559 is also Involved

I think that UNSCR 1559 is part of what’s happening in Lebanon today. Here’s a refresher:

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1. Reaffirms its call for the strict respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and political independence of Lebanon under the sole and exclusive authority of the Government of Lebanon throughout Lebanon;

2. Calls upon all remaining foreign forces to withdraw from Lebanon;

3. Calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias;

4. Supports the extension of the control of the Government of Lebanon over all Lebanese territory;

And to back me up, here’s U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey D. Feltman

With UNSCR 1559, the Security Council affirmed its support for the full sovereignty and independence of Lebanon, free of foreign forces. The United States strongly believes that Lebanon should be allowed to determine its own future and assume control of its territory. The Lebanese people have a right to exercise their rights as free people and to make choices about their future as free people, without outside coercion and interference.

Lebanon has the potential to become a model of democracy and respect for human rights in this region. Lebanon has a proud history of lively participatory politics, with strong civil society organizations and an active Parliament. The Lebanese press features a wide range of views in it pages, reflecting a full spectrum of political debate. […] The U.S., working with its Security Council partners who are committed to helping Lebanon implement UNSCR 1559 […]

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6 comments

  1. Blacksmith Jade · · Reply

    Hey Moussa,I think 1559 provides an internationally sanctioned cover and mandate (vis-a-vis the existing agreement from 1969 that bans the Lebanese Army from entering the camps) for the Army’s operation at the Nahr el Bared camp. But I don’t think we should forget that (all conspiracy theories or propaganda drives aside) what we have is an attack on the Lebanese Army in which at least 15 of them were killed in cold blood. That action requires a suitable reaction from the Lebanese Army, Government, and State.If this crackdown spreads to other camps, then we can expect 1559 to play a major role (another thing Hizballah won’t be too comfortable with). But for now, at Nahr el Bared, I think its importance comes into play only with respect to the 1969 agreement (the FAI guys were even refuted by the mainstream Palestinian movements and Sunni movements in Lebanon so they have no angle to play up other than they’re a terrorist group).[Now its my turn to say sorry for the long message :P]

  2. Jeha · · Reply

    Right on, 1559 is the big thing no one wants to see… Maybe that is why Nasrallah has not shown much support to the army…

  3. Solomon2 · · Reply

    I wonder if Nasrallah’s periodic bouts of depression have another cause: Syria’s state security system. As I understand it, Syrian state security is composed of multiple and partially over-lapping organizations in competition with each other, with the ruling Asad deciding which faction comes out on top. Favoring one faction over another may mean a change in seats at the boss’ end, but a car bomb to dispose of an opponent or outmoded tool at the other.Naturally, not all these factions are pro-Hezbollah; probably some are actively against Hezbollah, but kept dormant. So whenever the Syrian reps on Hezb’s ruling council lack enthusiasm, or when Asad is wondering whether to lean Westward or Eastward, Nasrallah has to worry. He knows that somewhere out there assassins may be waiting for <>him<>. And unlike so many others murdered in the past few years, there are probably many Lebanese who would be happy to do the job.

  4. Sophia · · Reply

    Moussa,Check Angry Arab. he has a first hand account from a telephone conversation with Abu Jabir, a PFLP leader, who is inside the camps. He also points to 1559. He said that the Palestinians involved in FEI can be counted on the fingers of one hand. He also said that FEI members were around 40, entered the camps in 2006, but it is lately in 2007 that they become the group that they are. He also accuses the Lebanese army letting these militants in .

  5. notorious · · Reply

    tc

  6. Jeha · · Reply

    In a way, Angry Arab is right to state that the LAF may have let them in. But far too many forget that the services are still hopelessly controlled by Syrian cronies. Recall the Jezzini affair?To be sure, there is much more to this than meets the eye, but the Palestinian Leadership are not innocent bystanders here.

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