Kamis, 10 Mei 2012

UN: Arms Smuggling Found between Lebanon - Syria

The UN has information weapons smuggling between Lebanon and Syria, said the UN representative in the Middle East on Tuesday.

Terje Roed-Lersen said the Middle East faces a "dance of death" because of the conflict in Syria that occurred since President Bashar al-Assad to face his opponent.

"Based on the information that we have no reason to believe there are two-way flow of weapons, from Lebanon to Syria and vice versa," said Roed-Larsen told reporters after a conference of the UN Security Council about the events in Lebanon.

"We do not have an independent observer to this, but we base our reporting on the information we receive from various sources," he added.

Roed-Larsen did not give details but on 28 April navy Lebanon facing three containers of weapons destined for the rebel forces in the Syrian ships arriving from Libya.

Payload of cargo including heavy machine guns, artillery shells, rockets, rocket launchers and other explosives, a security official said.

Syrian diplomat accused the other ships carrying weapons to the rebels intercepted Syria.

Roed-Larsen, the Special Representative of the UN Security Council resolution 1159, passed in 2005 and called on Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon, saw a growing danger in the Middle East.

"What we saw in the whole region is a dance of death on the brink of the abyss of war," he said.

"If you look at the situation in Syria, then halitu will remind us of the situation in Lebanon and in neighboring countries in 1970. And this is what I fear," said the envoy, who is a veteran diplomat in the Middle East.

Roed-Larsen said there is "uncertainty" over what will happen and it is important for the UN Security Council prepared to take action.

The UN says more than 24,000 registered refugees in Lebanon Syria, while activists say there are more than 30,000.

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