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UN draft resolution on Lebanon far from balanced: UAE press

posted on 08/08/2006: 733 views

The draft UN resolution on Lebanon is far from balanced and Lebanon has the full right to reject the suspicious draft as it favours Israel, according to the UAE press yesterday.

The papers branded the draft as 'ridiculous, unfair and aims at giving Israel more time to kill and wreak havoc'. The daily newspapers affirmed that the proposed plan does not even call for Israeli withdrawal from the few areas its soldiers entered since the start of the aggression more than 26 days ago and the Sheba'a Farms, occupied since 1967.

The papers noted that the draft resolution also fails to call for the release of Lebanese hostages, held for years by Israel a key reason behind the current crisis. 'There is a serious defect in the document currently being discussed at the UN Security Council. It awards the killer and punishes the victim.

It serves as a sure recipe for a prolonged conflict where many more lives will be lost, wrote the Gulf News.

Commenting on the latest developments in Lebanon under the title 'Silly little resolution', the Dubai-based daily indicated that: 'Many fear the purpose of such an unfair resolution is just that stalling to give Israel more time to kill and wreak havoc, since the authors of the ridiculous document surely knew Lebanon will not accept it.

'Lebanon has the full right to reject the suspicious United Nations draft resolution, supposedly aimed to stop the Israeli war. The draft, written by the United States and France, is fundamentally tilted in favour of Israel, the added quoting Lebanese parliament speaker as saying yesterday.

"If Israel has not won the war but still gets all this, what would have happened had they won," Nabih Berri asked, as he announced his country's opposition to the proposed document, which gives Israel more than it bargained for. Israel should not be awarded in diplomacy what it miserably failed to gain in war. That is the bottom line.

Calling for a cessation of hostilities ending the military operations would legitimise the Israeli occupation, meaning the Israeli war against Lebanon is legitimate. However, according to international law, the Lebanese have the right to fight as long as their territory is occupied. 'If the Security Council is keen on ending the conflict, it should address the root causes. The occupation of Lebanese land of course is in with the issues, it remarked.

Another daily paper said that unfortunately the document is far from balanced and falls far short of expectations of the people of Lebanon and the Middle East.

'The proposed resolution rightly asks both Hezbollah and Israel to stop all attacks on Israel and Lebanon respectively. Now here lies the catch. While the draft resolution recognises Israel's right to defend itself, it doesn't offer any such right to the other side in the case of continuing Israeli attacks,' the Khaleej Times commented.

'No wonder Lebanon feels betrayed by the UN and the international community. The Lebanese cabinet has rejected the draft resolution as inadequate and one-sided. On the hand, the paper added, Israel refuses to stop its attacks - resolution or no resolution -until the proposed international peace force arrives in Lebanon. The paper saw that under the present circumstances, the proposed resolution is the only hope to end the terrible war. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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