UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres renewed his call for the Lebanese government to disarm Hezbollah, saying that the group must turn into an armed political party and to end its involvement in the Syrian war.
In his semi-annual report released Friday, Guterres stressed that the Lebanese government must have the development of a national defense strategy among its top priorities, warning that the presence of armed militias jeopardizes Lebanon’s security and stability.
"The fact that Hezbollah still has significant military assets beyond the control of the Lebanese State remains very worrying,” Guterres said.
The UN chief reiterated his call for the Lebanese government to do whatever is needed to prevent Hezbollah and other armed groups from acquiring weapons and to monopolize the use of arms.
“In a democratic state, it remains a fundamental anomaly that a political party maintains a militia that has no accountability to the democratic, governmental institutions of the state but has the power to take that state to war,” he said.