Syrian Fox to Guard Hizballah Henhouse
There are few analogies that more accurately describe the news that, while in Damascus, Kofi Annan accepted and conveyed Bashar Assad's promise to enforce the UN ban on arms shipments to Hizballah.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Friday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had promised to enforce an arms embargo on Hizbollah under a U.N. resolution that halted Israel's war with the Lebanese group.
"While stating Syrian objections to the presence of foreign forces along the Syrian-Lebanese border, the president committed to me that Syria will take all necessary measures to implement in full paragraph 15 of the resolution," Annan added, referring to a provision that bans illegal arms shipments to Lebanon.
Paragraph 15 of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 (PDF) that calls for ceasefire conditions between Hizballah and Israel reads:
15. Decides further that all States shall take the necessary measures to prevent, by their nationals or from their territories or using their flag vessels or aircraft:
(a) The sale or supply to any entity or individual in Lebanon of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned, whether or not originating in their territories; and
(b) The provision to any entity or individual in Lebanon of any technical training or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of the items listed in subparagraph (a) above;
except that these prohibitions shall not apply to arms, related material, training or assistance authorized by the Government of Lebanon or by UNIFIL as authorized in paragraph 11;
No really. Assad promised.
It is murmured the Israelis laughed off an Annan request during his recent visit for a written note that he could deliver to Iran promising that Israel will not attack them.
Annan's Next stop: Tehran.