(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
Jerusalem, April 5, 2000
Yesterday (April 4), Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy and United
Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan met in Geneva, and decided upon
cooperation between Israel and the UN in the implementation of UN
Security Council Resolution 425.
Foreign Minister Levy came to Geneva in order to brief the Secretary
General on the decision taken by the Government of Israel to
withdraw from Lebanon by July 2000, and to hear from him about
the intentions of the UN in this regard.
Mr. Annan told Mr. Levy that he, as Secretary General of the UN, is
mandated to implement Resolution 425, and that he intends to
establish, as soon as possible, a mechanism to formulate a joint plan
of action for the full implementation of this Security Council
The Secretary General thanked Minister Levy for coming to update him
on the issue, and expressed his hope that the parties would find a
way to prevent escalation, violence and a deterioration of the
situation in Lebanon. He added that he sees no need for the adoption
of any new resolutions, beyond Resolutions 425 and 426, and that any
further decisions on the subject will only be discussed if the United
Nations concludes that it is necessary to reinforce the UNIFIL force
in the area. He also stated that it is important to prevent the
creation of a vacuum following the withdrawal, in order to deny all
elements any pretext for causing a deterioration in the situation
during the course of the withdrawal, which will carried out in a
Foreign Minister Levy told the Secretary General that Israel stands
ready to assist and to cooperate with the UN in any way necessary, in
order to secure calm and stability in Lebanon and to prevent
escalation and bloodshed. Minister Levy stressed that the decision of
the Israeli government regarding the withdrawal is unconditional and
independent of other factors. However, if the UN should desire
cooperation, it will find Israel to be fully cooperative.
Levy stated: "Israel needs no assistance regarding her our security.
Anyone attempting to harm Israel will encounter a reaction so grave,
that he will regret it seven-fold."
Levy also stressed the need to act on the humanitarian level to
secure the well-being of members of the South Lebanon Army.
Levy raised as well the issue of the 13 Jews being held in Iran, and
the fate of Rod Arad.