United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks at the United Nations headquarters in New York, April 24, 2018. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)
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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly criticized Hezbollah for operating as the most heavily armed militia and a political party in Lebanon and urged the group to halt military activities inside and outside the country, including in Syria.In a report to the Security Council obtained Monday by The Associated Press, Guterres also called on Lebanon's government and armed forces "to take all measures necessary to prohibit Hezbollah and other armed groups from acquiring weapons and building paramilitary capacity" outside the authority of the state.He said Hezbollah's military activity violates a 2004 Security Council resolution ordering all Lebanese militias to disarm and the Taif Accords that ended the country's 1975-90 civil war. In the summer of 2006, Israel and Hezbollah fought a monthlong war.
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