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Security Council call on Syria to withdraw troops from Lebanon

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SHOTLIST UNTV New York, USA - 19 October 2004 1. Wide shot Security Council 2. SOUNDBITE (English): Adam Thomson, British Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations (UN): "The council notes with concern that the requirements set out in (the Sept. 2) resolution 1559 of 2004 have not been met as reported by the Secretary General. The council urges relevant parties to implement fully all provisions of this resolution." 3. Cutaways of council 4. SOUNDBITE (English): Anne Patterson, US Deputy Ambassador to the UN: "And it's important to remember the requirements in that resolution, that Syria cease interferance in Lebanon's internal affairs, disarm militias and remove Syrian troops from Lebanon. The Security Council also kept this on the agenda with the required report from the Secretary General every six months, so we're quite pleased this was a unanimous, strong decision of the Security Council." 5. Wide shot council APTN Damour, Lebanon - 22 September 2004 6. Various of Syrians setting fire to their camps in the Damour region as part of dismantling process 7. Various of convoy of military trucks carrying Syrian troops leaving Damour region - 15 kilometres (nine miles) south of Beirut STORYLINE The United Nations (UN) Security Council urged Syria on Tuesday to withdraw its remaining 14-thousand troops from Lebanon and called for reports from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan every six months on its compliance. The statement was aimed at keeping up the pressure on both Damascus and Beirut after the council passed a resolution last month seeking Syria's withdrawal. The United States and France dropped a more strongly worded request that Annan monitor implementation of the resolution. All 15 council members agreed on the presidential statement, which was read at a formal Security Council meeting by Great Britain's deputy UN ambassador Adam Thomson, whose country currently holds the council presidency. Syria sent in troops in 1976 to help quell a civil war in Lebanon. They remained in the country through 14 years of fighting, and are still there. Damascus is seen as manipulating Lebanese politics, most recently in pressing for a constitutional amendment to allow a second term for Lebanon's pro-Syrian President, Emile Lahoud. The Security Council adopted a resolution on September 2 calling on Syria to pull out all its troops from its smaller neighbour. Annan reported on October 1 that Syria had not withdrawn its forces, and that Lebanon had failed to disband and disarm all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias, as demanded by the council. In the statement, the council "notes with concern that the requirements set out in the (September 2) resolution have not been met" and "urges relevant parties to implement fully all provisions of this resolution." The two Islamic nations on the council - Algeria and Pakistan - reluctantly went along with the statement, which becomes part of the council's record. Otherwise, the United States and France would have called for a vote on a resolution making the same demands. Resolutions, which are legally binding, need only nine "yes" votes and no veto by a permanent member. During two weeks of difficult negotiations, Washington and Paris dropped a request that Annan monitor implementation of the resolution, and agreed not to name Syria directly in the statement. They initially called for reports from Annan every three months, but compromised on six months. The Security Council adopted a resolution on September 2 calling on Syria to pull out all its troops from its smaller neighbour and on Lebanon's parliament not to amend the constitution. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/3461e5ce57a4389d1c53b73a97fbab92 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork