Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Remarks by Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Acting U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, At a Security Council Open Debate on the Situation in the Middle East, July 23, 2013

New York, NY - July 23, 2013
Finally, we remain gravely concerned by the violent clashes and bombings in Lebanon, including in Sidon, Tripoli, and Beirut. We condemn in the strongest terms the attacks by militants against the Lebanese Armed Forces that have killed soldiers and civilians. The United States again reiterates our full support of Lebanon's policy of disassociation from the Syrian crisis and commitment to supporting a stable, sovereign, and independent Lebanon. We call on all parties in Lebanon to abide by the disassociation policy and to act with restraint to ensure Lebanon's stability and security.
We welcome the important step the European Union took yesterday in agreeing to designate the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
With this action, the EU is sending a strong message to Hezbollah that it cannot operate with impunity and that there are consequences for its actions, including last year's deadly attack in Burgas, Bulgaria – which this Council rightfully condemned – and for plotting a similar attack in Cyprus. We call on other governments to follow the EU's lead and to take steps to begin reining in Hezbollah's terrorist and criminal activities.