7 September 2006

Secretary-General Pleased at Agreement by Israel to Lift Blockade of Lebanon

NEW YORK, 6 September (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was issued today in Madrid:

I am pleased that the Israeli Government has agreed to lift its blockade of Lebanon, effective 6 p.m. Beirut local time tomorrow, Thursday, 7 September 2006.

The lifting of the blockade will enable Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and his Government to accelerate their economic recovery and reconstruction programme.

I would like to thank the Governments which contributed to making this possible.

I will continue to exert every effort to secure the full implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 (2006), enabling the Government of Lebanon to extend its authority over its territory and to exercise its full sovereignty.

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