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27 June 2003
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC
ASSOCIATE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK
Friday, June 27, 2003
UN MIDDLE EAST ENVOY HOLDS MEETINGS IN BEIRUT
Terje Roed-Larsen, the United Nations Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, arrived today in Beirut at the beginning of a regional tour that follows-up on the June 22 Quartet meeting in Jordan.
He held separate meetings with Lebanon’s President, Emile Lahoud, Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and Foreign Minister Jean Obeid.
He reiterated the Secretary-General’s
in Jordan earlier this week concerning the importance of including Syria and Lebanon in the current process – which is essential for the
goal of building a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.
Roed-Larsen also expressed satisfaction with the current calm along the Blue Line in southern Lebanon, while emphasizing that the Lebanese army needs to further deploy forces in the south. He also expressed concern about the recent increase in Israeli overflights of Lebanese territory.