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Syria raises concern to Security Council over latest UN report

07-15-2010 10:59 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Syria on Wednesday circulated a letter to the UN Security Council, raising concerns over the UN's role with Syrian-Lebanese relations, citing their continued attempt to "interfere" in the heels of the newest report on the region.

The letter, which was delivered by Syrian UN ambassador Bashar Ja'afari and dated July 7, comes in response to UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon's latest report, which called upon Syria to " cooperate" with such efforts with Lebanon to dismantle the Palestinian military bases that "straddle" the border of the two regions.

Ban's report "continues the attempt to interfere in the development of Syrian-Lebanese relations," said the letter, taking note that "continued interference" in the countries'bilateral relations would be "reprehensible."

Syria and Lebanon "alone have the right to assess the state of those relations," the letter said, which was addressed to Ban and to the current president of the Security Council, Uche Joy Ogwu, the Nigerian UN ambassador who holds the rotating Council presidency for July.

"The Syrian Arab Republic reiterates that the question of Palestinian positions inside Lebanon is a bilateral issue that concerns the Palestinians and Lebanese alone," the letter said.

"The Syrian Arab Republic has nothing to do with the matter," said the letter, reiterating the "competence" of the Lebanese government.

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