Montreal, Canada - March 06, 2005

EU's Solana wants « specific timetable » for Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon.

On March 6, 2005, the European Union's top foreign policy representative Javier Solana asked Syria to provide a "specific timetable" for the withdrawal of its troops from Lebanon "as soon as possible".

In a statement, Solana said the EU still expected that UN Security Council resolution 1559 on withdrawing the soldiers be fully implemented:

- "This implies a complete withdrawal from Lebanon of all military forces and foreign secret services,".
- "I call on the Syrian and Lebanese authorities to establish a specific timetable and a mechanism of withdrawal as soon as possible," reiterating the EU's support for a free, democratic and sovereign Lebanon.


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