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.

© 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Discussion comments


Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments