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UN Report: Lebanon Must Disarm Militias

A new U.N. report says the existence of armed militias in Lebanon is incompatible with restoring the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity after three decades of Syrian domination.

Special U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said in his report that Lebanon's inability to exert control over some areas or to rein in militias is stalling its progress toward full sovereignty.

Mr. Roed-Larsen is the special envoy in charge of implementing Security Council resolution 1559, which calls for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Lebanon and the disarming of all militias, such as Hezbollah.

The report was delivered Wednesday in New York, as Lebanese troops deployed near Palestinian militant camps in the hills near the Syrian border. Soldiers used loud speakers to call on the militants to leave the base and surrender those responsible for the killing Tuesday of a Lebanese army contractor.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.