Kaag speaks to The Daily Star during an interview on Thursday, March 5, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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BEIRUT: Contrary to the Lebanese government's position, the United Nations believes that Hezbollah violated Security Council Resolution 1701 when it attacked an Israeli convoy in the Shebaa Farms last month, a high-ranking U.N. official told The Daily Star.She refused to specify, however, whether she would lobby for an official designation of the Shebaa Farms, which the U.N. claims is a disputed territory.When asked whether she would push for Israel's withdrawal from the Lebanese village of Ghajar, Kaag replied that "stability" is valued by the parties involved. The international community must continue to play an important role in helping Lebanon maintain stability, Kaag stressed.As the crisis enters its fifth year, "donor fatigue" is a serious concern, Kaag said, but Lebanon urgently needs international support to help manage the refugee crisis, which has had an adverse effect on the country's economy and stability.International institutions are looking into new ways to keep Lebanon afloat financially, Kaag added.Echoing statements made by U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, Kaag condemned the participation of Lebanese citizens in the Syrian conflict.
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