The UN Security Council stressed its previous calls to all Lebanese parties to cease involvement in any external conflict consistent with their commitment to the Baabda Declaration.
The Security Council stressed the importance of the full implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559 issued in 2004, which calls for the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon, and restricting it specifically to the Lebanese army so that there are no weapons or authority other than those owned by the state.
The Security Council affirmed that the armed forces are the only legitimate forces in Lebanon as stipulated in the Lebanese Constitution and the Taif Agreement (1989) that ended the civil war in the country.
The Security Council encouraged the international community to continue to support the capabilities of the Lebanese army. The Council noted that violations of Lebanese sovereignty, by air and land, must stop immediately.
This came after United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in his semi-annual report on a UN resolution regarding Lebanon, called on the government in Beirut to pursue economic reforms, and to disarm Hezbollah and any weapons held by other armed groups or militias.
In his report, Guterres noted Hezbollah's participation in the Syria conflict and ongoing fighting elsewhere (he did not specify), expressing concern about the effects of this, including the placement of Lebanon in regional conflicts. He stressed the need for Hezbollah to turn into a civilian political party.
|Nasrallah called for coordination between the Lebanese government and the Syrian regime to deal with the smuggling file between the two countries (European)|
The demands of the UN Security Council for the Lebanese parties coincided with the decision of the Supreme Council of Defense in Lebanon to lay down a plan to establish control centers on the Lebanese-Syrian borders, with the aim of controlling smuggling operations and closing illegal crossings with it.
In its statement, the Council called on the security services to intensify monitoring and prosecution, and to tighten and implement sanctions against violators, smugglers and partners.
For his part, the Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, called for coordination between the Lebanese government and the Syrian regime to deal with the smuggling file between the two countries, and rejected any proposal that includes the deployment of United Nations forces on the borders.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday that Israel was attacking "everything related to missile manufacture" in Syria, the first time that Nasrallah had revealed the nature of what Tel Aviv was bombing on Syrian soil, and Nasrallah stressed that his party would not withdraw from Syria under Israeli air strikes occurred.
The Hezbollah leader said in a televised speech that the Israelis see "the manufacture of rockets as a strength for Syria, and a strength for the axis of resistance, without a doubt."
At least six strikes were attributed to Israel in the last three weeks in Syria, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that some missile strikes killed Iranian fighters and their loyalists, and the observatory indicated that it had targeted Iranian forces ’sites and groups loyal to them and arms depots.
Nasrallah also stressed in his speech that his party will not withdraw from Syria as a result of the Israeli strikes, considering that Tel Aviv is fighting a "fake battle" in Syria under the pretext of preventing the Iranian military presence.
On the other hand, Nasrallah denied that there is any competition for influence in Syria between the two allies, Iran and Russia, and said that Iran "is not waging a battle of influence with anyone, not with Russia, regardless of what Russia is waging, or with only Russia."