UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his latest report raised concern about Lebanese militia Hizbullah’s weapons, saying these could "jeopardise the stability of Lebanon and the region", Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Tuesday (March 19th).
In a tacit reference to Iran, Guterres called on member states to "carry out their duties" in terms of refraining from supplying weapons and military equipment to entities and individuals in Lebanon, Naharnet reported.
He called on the Lebanese government to take "all necessary measures" to disarm the militias in accordance with the Taif Agreement and international resolutions.
On the implementation of UN Resolution 1701, Guterres called on the new government to "comply with the dissociation policy adopted by Lebanon in line with the 2012 Baabda Declaration" and that "all Lebanese parties cease interference in the Syrian war or other conflicts in the region".
He stressed the importance of "continued commitment of all parties to resolution 1701 for the sake of stability of Lebanon and the region", adding that "non-compliance increases the risk of tensions and the possibility of hostilities".