Thursday, February 24, 2005

Confusion in Lebanon

On one hand Syria says it will withdraw its troops from Lebanon per "a 1989 Arab-brokered agreement." The Syrians are even ready to work with the U.N. on the withdrawl. Kofi Annan has called for Syrian troops to leave Lebanon by the end of April.

On the other hand there are reports that "Syrian forces began distributing weapons to groups supporting Damascus and the 1.4 million expatriate laborers in the country." Hezballah has threatened that pressure against Syria could lead to another Lebanese civil war. The Pakistani Prime Minister said that a Syrian troop pullout could destabilize Lebanon.
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