updated 5/23/2005 5:31:30 PM ET 2005-05-23T21:31:30

A U.N. team has verified the pullout of all Syrian troops and intelligence officials from Lebanon, Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced Monday.

“We have verified all the withdrawal, including the border area,” he told reporters.

The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution last Sept. 2 calling on Syria to withdraw all its troops and intelligence operatives from Lebanon. But it was the international pressure following the Feb. 14 assassination of Lebanon’s former anti-Syrian Prime Minister Rafik Hariri that spurred the Syrians to leave.

Syria’s last soldier in Lebanon walked across the border on April 26, ending a 29-year military presence that was the key to Damascus’ control of Lebanon.

The United Nations dispatched a team led by Senegalese Brig. Gen. Mouhamadou Kandji, the deputy military adviser for the U.N. peacekeeping department, to verify the withdrawal.

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