The United States has accused Syria, Iran and Hezbollah militants of displaying "flagrant disregard" for Lebanese independence by providing advanced weapons to Hezbollah and issuing a spate of arrest warrants for senior Lebanese officials.
REUTERS - Syria has shown "flagrant disregard" for Lebanon's sovereignty and continues to arm the Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla group, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on Thursday.
"Syria especially has displayed flagrant disregard for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence of Lebanon," Rice told reporters as the U.N. Security Council held closed-door discussions on Lebanon.
Hezbollah remained the "most significant and most heavily armed Lebanese militia," Rice said, adding that it could not have achieved this without Syrian aid in acquiring Syrian and Iranian weapons.
Hezbollah, part of Lebanon's national unity government, has denounced the U.N.-backed court as a tool of U.S. and Israeli policy and called on Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, Rafik's son, to repudiate the tribunal
The court issued a statement on Wednesday condemning what it described as an attack on its staff in Beirut and said it would not be deterred in its inquiry.
Date created : 2010-10-28