Obama: UN resolutions in Lebanon must be enforced

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Posted: Dec 14, 2009 7:18 PM

President Barack Obama said Monday a U.N. resolution calling on Hezbollah to disarm must be enforced.

Speaking to reporters following a private Oval Office meeting with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, Obama said that while there has been progress made in enforcing the resolution, that progress is incomplete. Hezbollah has continued to defy the U.N. resolution that ended its 2006 war with Israel and called on the group to disarm.

Obama said he is particularly concerned about "the extensive arms that are smuggled into Lebanon that potentially serve as a threat to Israel."

Hezbollah, which the U.S. lists as a terror group, has said it has thousands of rockets and missiles, some of which can reach deep into Israel.

Obama said the U.S. and Lebanon may not always agree on issues involving Israel, but both nations share "a commitment to resolve these issues through dialogue and negotiations, as opposed to through violence."

Suleiman called on the United States to provide Lebanon military support. Though the U.S. long has provided military assistance to Lebanon, it has not handed over sophisticated arms for fear they could end up in the hands of Hezbollah.

(This version CORRECTS spelling of Lebanese president's first name to Michel.)