اللبنانية مع سوريا مفتوحة
UN: Lebanon's border with
Syria open for smuggling
border between Syria and Lebanon is highly porous, and
there is no mechanism capable of preventing the
smuggling of weapons and other materials, according to a
special report by the United Nations' Lebanon
Independent Border Assessment Team (LIBAT).
UN team writes in its report - signed by Secretary
General Ban Ki-moon - that the means for border
supervision are inadequate, including at the designated
has insisted for some time that Security Council
Resolution 1701 - which brought an end to the Second
Lebanon War - is not being implemented because the flow
of arms into Lebanon from Syria is not being halted, as
stipulated in the resolution.
addition to the problematic border crossings, there are
many smuggling routes along the entire border between
the two countries, routes that are being used by
families that make a living from the smuggling.
there are camps of armed Palestinian groups on both
sides of the border, which are not controlled by the
report proves that any organization interested in
bringing weapons from Syria into Lebanon is capable of
UN special envoy to Lebanon and Syria, Terje Rod-Larsen,
also raised similar issues before the Security Council
report does not deal with the Syrian side of the border,
and only recommends that there should be improved
cooperation between the countries on this issue. It
notes the lack of communication between officials on the
two sides of the border, and that the Lebanese officials
do not even know the names of their counterparts on the
Syrian side of the border.
report recommends the establishment of a unit combining
various elements of the Lebanese security forces, which
will operate along the border with support from
international security experts.
to the report, the activity of the Lebanese security
forces focused on border controls is not coordinated,
and the role of the Lebanese army in the area is
"security agencies demonstrate a good level of
understanding of the nature of their duties in relation
to the provision of resolution 1701. Despite such
measures, the current border control strategy, the
nature of the terrain, the current state of equipment
available and training, as well as the processes and
infrastructures at the official Border Crossing Points
makes it still possible for arms to be smuggled
undetected through the border line."
authors of the report note that the Lebanese army is not
trained in such missions because for the past three
decades, with the dominant presence of the Syrian army
in Lebanon, the border area had essentially been blurred.
Security at the Syrian border is a new exercise for all
the security agencies, based on the recent history of
Lebanon," the inspectors write.
experts who participated in the preparation of the
report are from Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Algeria
and Jamaica. The team carried out its probe between May
27 and June 15, and focused mostly on four official
crossing points active on the border between Syria and
inspectors also discussed the opening of another border
crossing terminal next month, and wrote about the
functioning of the seaports and the Beirut international
LIBAT experts also visited other points along the
border, which are suspected of being used to smuggle
weapons into Lebanon. The mandate of the inspectors did
not include the border between Lebanon and Israel.
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