France wants concrete steps from Syria on Lebanon: PM (AFP-FRANCE PRESSE) PARIS, France 01/29/05 4:27 PM ET)
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PARIS (AFP) - France wants Syria to take concrete steps to remove its
troops from neighboring Lebanon as called for by the United Nations
in order to avoid international isolation, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre
"Dialog with Syria should be continued. We are ready to make our
contribution to implementing (UN) Resolution 1559," he said in an
interview with the Tunisian daily Ach-Chourouq, the transcript of
which was released in Paris on Saturday.
The UN Security Council, pushed by France and the United States,
passed the resolution last September calling for an end to foreign
interference in Lebanon and withdrawal of foreign troops.
Syria is now believed to have around 14,000 stationed in Lebanon, the
remnants of a much larger force that was sent in during the country´s
1975-1990 civil war.
Syria quickly rejected the demand, as did the Syrian-backed
government in Beirut.
Raffarin said: "We are waiting for concrete steps from Syria showing
its intention to respect international law. It´s not a matter of
isolating or separating this or that country, but allowing Libya to
regain its national sovereignty its territorial integrity."
(Copyright © 2005 Agence France Presse. 01/29/05)
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