Lebanon Requesting UN Council Meeting to Discuss Israeli Raids

Ambassador Andrew Young, this month’s president of the Security Council, started private consultations today with members of the Council on the situation in south Lebanon and a possible meeting of the Council to discuss the issue.

Young, who resigned two weeks ago, met this afternoon with Lebanese Ambassador Ghassan Tueni. According to a United Nations spokesman, Tuent delivered a letter to Young requesting a meeting of the Council. Lebanon’s request for a meeting followed Israeli raids against terrorist bases in south Lebanon in recent weeks. Sources here said that the meeting of the Security Council would take place probably Thursday.

Young also met today with Israeli Ambassador Yehuda Blum and discussed with him the possibility for a Council meeting on south Lebanon this week. The two envoys, it was reported, also discussed the possibility that former British UN Ambassador, Ivor Richard, would be sent to Lebanon as a special envoy of Secretary General Kurt Waldheim.

According to sources here, the nature of the mission is not defined as yet but it is expected that the issue of the proposed mission will be brought up before the Security Council when it convenes later this week. The sources said that if the mission is approved Richard will go to Lebanon in the middle of September and then will visit there twice more in October and November.

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