BEIRUT: Loyalty to Resistance bloc member Ali Fayyad announced Sunday that Hezbollah opposes the extension of the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 to take effect on Lebanon’s borders with Syria too.
“The expansion the scope of the 1701 international decision to the borders with Syria in the Bekaa is impractical, inapplicable, and politically rejected,” Fayyad said in a commemorative ceremony in the southern village of Debbine.
Fayyad said the protection of borders was a matter of sovereignty that was within the jurisdiction of the Lebanese Army.
Fayyad’s comments came in response to calls by many March 14 leaders for controlling the Lebanese-Syrian borders by the deployment of Army troops backed by the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, which was expanded by Resolution 1701 after the 2006 war with Israel. However, they stressed that the border could not be controlled unless Hezbollah immediately withdrew from the ongoing war in Syria.