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Lebanon to complain at U.N. over Israeli spying

MPs meet to discuss Israel's spying network in Lebanon on Monday, Nov.11, 2013. (The Daily Star/NNA,HO)

BEIRUT: Lebanon will file a complaint at the U.N. Security Council against Israel’s recent installing of spying devices along the southern border, the head of the parliamentary telecommunications committee said Monday.

“The issue is very serious and it concerns our security, economy and daily life and we will take pre-emptive procedures and political measures, the simplest of which will be to file a complaint to the Security Council,” MP Hasan Fadlallah told reporters after the meeting in Parliament.

He said the committee agreed to task caretaker Foreign Affairs Minister Adnan Mansour with filing the complaint.

“The measures we agreed to [also include] ... working on expelling Israel from the International Telecommunication Union and we urged concerned ministries to intensify their efforts to reduce the dangers from the spying [activity],” he added.

The Hezbollah MP also said that the state would take other measures that he said should not be disclosed to the public.

The committee meeting came after Speaker Nabih Berri revealed last week that Israel had set up spying centers along the border with Lebanon.

Israel and Lebanon are technically in a state of war.

Fadlallah said Israel’s spying devices pose a danger to security institutions in Lebanon including the military and banking sectors. On the latter, he said Israel’s technology could be used to hack into banking networks and breach banking secrecy.

"The situation is so dangerous to the point that we didn't bring our cell phones with us to the meeting,” Fadlallah said.

"We asked the parliamentary committee to stop giving details about the spying issue because we all know that no secret can be kept in Lebanon,” he said.

"If this was a national secret, they would compete to reveal it," he said.

He also noted that the Lebanese state is the sole party responsible for addressing the issue, saying the resistance group had voiced a similar stance.

Describing it as an “aggression,” the MP said Israel’s recent action was a national matter and that political disputes should be kept at a minimum.





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