BEIRUT: Hizbullah denounced on Saturday comments made by a top UN envoy criticizing the Shiite group for providing assistance to Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza through Egypt.
The group issued a statement accusing Terje Roed-Larsen of backing Israel's campaign of "criminal practices" against the Palestinians, saying the UN had "acquitted Israel of all the massacres and attacks that its army committed in the Gaza Strip during its most recent aggression."
The position taken by the international body demonstrated "flagrant collusion with the Israeli aggressor and ongoing persecution of the victims," Hizbullah said, calling on the organization and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon "to be far above such positions and to be fair for the sake of human rights, especially the rights of the Palestinian people." The UN's reputation was "gradually collapsing" because of its bias and favoritism of criminals, the statement added.
Roed-Larsen said on Thursday that Hizbullah's armed wing and activities outside Lebanese territory threatened the stability of Lebanon and the Middle East, adding that the UN was concerned by the group's admission of having provided support to Palestinian fighters.
He also called Hizbullah's military arsenal a "direct challenge" to Lebanese sovereignty. Roed-Larsen is tasked with overseeing implementation of Resolution 1559, which calls for Lebanese militias to disarm and for an end to foreign interference in the country.