On Wednesday (14 June) the head of United Nations forces in the Middle East, General Ensio Siilasvuo, said in Beirut that his troops were still not in full control of the Southern Lebanon border area following the completion of Israel's withdrawal in Tuesday (13 June).
On Wednesday (14 June) the head of United Nations forces in the Middle East, General Ensio Siilasvuo, said in Beirut that his troops were still not in full control of the Southern Lebanon border area following the completion of Israel's withdrawal in Tuesday (13 June). He said the United Nations Interim force in Lebanon, (UNIFIL) was striving to establish a border-long security strip which would protect israel from the kind of Palestinian guerilla incursions which prompted its invasion of South Labanon last March.
SYNOPSIS: This Israeli checkpoint was at Marah, where the Israeli's said they would help the United Nations peacekeeping forces to take up psotions. The assurance was reported to have been given by Israeli General ben Ga? a few hours before completion of the Israeli pull-out. U.N. reresentatives were allowed through but newsmen were kept from the area until U.N. forces had taken up positions.
The withdrawal has brought complaints that it is a withdrawal in name only. In some areas the Israeli troops had handed over positions to Lebanese militia forces, saying they believed they represented the Lebanese Government in the South-a claim denied by Government officials.
The Lebaness Prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss said UNIFIL was the legal peace keeping force. In Beirut, spokesman for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Bassem Abu Sherif wen??? further claiming the situation was unaltered.
At this part of the border, the israeli withdrawal was watched by the commander of UNIFIL forces, General Erskine. Major Saad Haddad-the commander of the Lebanese right win? Militia said that they had been handed control of a border strip running from the Mediterranean in the West in the slopes of Mount Hermon io the East. Major Haddad claimed that this had been agreed to by General Erskine.
Also, The united Nation's Secretary General, Mr. Waldheim is reported to have admonished the Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan for implying in a letter in him that U.N. troops were aiding Palestinian guerillas in the south.