Syria to enforce arms embargo
Syria promised to "undertake as soon as possible" measures to increase its number of border guards and give them additional training and equipment, Annan said. Syria will also establish liaisons with the Lebanese armed forces, border police and international personnel "in order to set up an effective interdiction regime," the secretary-general added.
Asked whether such measures would succeed in blocking arms shipments to Hezbollah, Annan replied: "I think it can happen. It may not be 100 percent, but it will make quite a lot of difference if the government puts in place the measures the government has discussed with me. I have no reason to believe it will not be done."
Hmm . . wait a minute . .isn't Syria one of the countries that supports terrorism? Didn't they arm Hizbollah in the first place?
US State Department:
Syria provides safehaven and material support for several Palestinian rejectionist groups, including HAMAS, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PFLP-GC) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), the Abu Musa Organization (AMO), and the Popular Struggle Front (PSF).Nonpartison Council on Foreign Relations:
Syria continues to provide safe haven and political cover to Hizbollah in Lebanon, a group responsible for killing hundreds of Americans and numerous others in the past. Syrian support for Hizbollah continues to be a major impediment towards progress in our counterterrorism efforts. Syria allows resupply of Hizbollah from Iran via Damascus. Syria also allows wanted Hizbollah terrorists, including Imad Mugniyah, to transit Syria and find haven there. The Syrian military presence in Lebanon supports Hizbollah actions there.
Syria and Iran work together over issues related to Hezbollah.While I have respect for Kofi Annan as leader of the United Nations, I think he is seriously ingenuous. To state that he has no reason to believe Syria will not follow through means that he is completely ignorant of Syria's nature and recent history.
After 29 years of occupation, Syria was forced out of Lebanon in April 2005 largely due to massive public and international protests. The results of a preliminary U.N. investigation into the February 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, implicated several top officials in the Syrian government. Following the preliminary report, the United Nations passed a resolution requiring full cooperation from Damascus into the murder investigation. Although Syria has officially withdrawn from Lebanon, experts say it maintains intelligence operations there, and continues to exert some influence, both in politics and through its support of Hezbollah.