Policy Areas

Statement on Lebanon

Norway aligned itself with an EU-statement on Lebanon published in Vienna and in Brussels on 13 January 2006.

16/01/2006 :: The European Union is deeply committed to the stability, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Lebanon.

The European Union welcomes the appointment of Mr Serge Brammertz to head the International Investigation Commission into the assassination of Rafik Hariri.  It commends the exemplary work accomplished by Mr Detlev Mehlis as head of the Investigation Commission and thanks him for his action in seeking out justice and truth.

The European Union reiterates the need for Security Council resolutions 1595, 1636 and 1644 to be implemented and, pursuant to those resolutions, for Syria to cooperate fully and unconditionally with the Investigation Commission.

It expresses its deep concern at the murders of innocent citizens carried out in Lebanon.  It hopes that light will be shed upon these crimes and issues a solumn warning to the perpetrators and their backers.

The European Union reaffirms its full support for the government of Mr Fouad Siniora.  It calls on all the political forces of Lebanon to play their part in ensuring that the government loses no time in implementing the reforms necessary for the progress of the democratic Lebanon that emerged from the elections of June 2005.

The European Union reiterates the importance it attaches to the Lebanese government extending its authority to the entire national territory and encourages it to continue the dialogue begun, in accordance with resolution 1559, with a view to the disarmament of Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias.

It fully supports the Lebanese government’s intention to enter into negotiations with Syria with a view to demarcating the entire border separating the two countries.

It considers that complete recognition of Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence must be sanctioned by the establishment of full diplomatic relations between Syria and Lebanon.

The European Union reaffirms its support for the plan to hold an international conference in Beirut in 2006 on reconstruction and the introduction of the necessary reforms in Lebanon.  The aim of the conference will be to mobilise regional and international support for the Lebanese Government’s programme of economic restructuring and political reforms.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia * and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.


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