Lebanon: First diplomacy to get back Shebaa Farms

However, Lebanese President Suleiman did not rule out the possibility of military operations in case of diplomatic failure.

Lebanon: First diplomacy to get back Shebaa Farms
Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said to get back the occupied Shebaa Farms from Israel would be through diplomatic means.

Yet he did not rule out the possibility of military operations in case of diplomatic failure, local Al-Anwar daily reported on Monday.

"Liberating Shebaa farms should be through diplomatic means and implementation of UN resolution 1701."

"If diplomacy fails, the military operations would be used," Suleiman told reporters after meeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Paris Sunday.

He said Lebanon is committed to regaining its full sovereignty over the Shebaa Farms.

Asked about holding peace talks with Israelis, Suleiman said, "We expect Israel to implement international resolutions, especially UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that was adopted two years ago."

He noted that Israel still did not pull out of the Shebaa farms.

UN Resolution 1701 was adopted in August 2006 following Israel's 33-day war against Lebanon.

Syria and Lebanon have agreed to establish diplomatic ties for the first time since their independence in the 1940s, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced Saturday on the sidelines of the Summit of the Union for the Mediterranean after meeting with the heads of the two countries.

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