INTRODUCTION: Following the recent spate of bombings of Palestinian offices in Lebanon, the Israeli secret Service was accused of being responsible.
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SCU/SV/GV Ghassan Tueni speaking in Arabic (5 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Following the recent spate of bombings of Palestinian offices in Lebanon, the Israeli secret Service was accused of being responsible. Now, the Lebanese delegate to the United Nations, Ghassan Tueni, has accused Israeli of wanting to create a new 'West bank' in southern Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Tueni, who was addressing the U.N. General Assembly, began by saying he feared that the south of Lebanon may be facing a new 'West Bank'. The international community must not permit this to happen. Lebanon, too, was a sacred land. And, it was neither for sale nor hire, he continued.
Mr. Tueni said he was confident that the world community would reject what he called Israel's determination to profit from South Lebanon. Neither Lebanon nor the United Nations could remain forever hostage to a state of 'no war, no peace' maintained by Israel. For such a situation would further perpetuate Israeli occupation, he stressed.
The Lebanese delegate added that in the past it may have appeared convenient for friends and foes alike, that the South, and perhaps the whole of Lebanon, should remain in a state of flux. But, he said, this situation could not be allowed to continue. Security Council resolutions did not merely affirm Lebanon's independence and territorial integrity, but they also committed the international organisation to assist Lebanon in re-establishing its sovereignty and authority over all its territory, so that the South could be transformed into a zone of peace.
Mr. Tueni went on to say that the tragic situation in Lebanon was sufficient to prove that ceasefires and a return to the 'status quo', could not be presented as a victory for peace.