Livni Asks U.N. to Rein in Syria

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NEW YORK CITY - Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon that Syria must be called to task for facilitating arms smuggling across its border.

Livni spoke to Ban while in New York to attend the U.N.-sponsored interfaith conference.

In a private meeting with the secretary-general, Livni said Syria must understand that there will be consequences for its support of weapons smuggling to Lebanese-based Hezbollah terrorists.

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband plans to visit Syria next week as part of a tour of the Middle East. It is the first visit of a British foreign secretary to Syrai since 2000.

Miliband lauded Syria for recent efforts to normalize relations with Lebanon.

"I think it is important for us to find ways for Syria to play a constructive role in the future of the Middle East," Miliband told reporters.

"Syria is a secular state in the Middle East. It has the potential to play a stabilizing role in the future of the Middle East," Britains' foreign secretary said.

During his upcoming tour, Miliband plans stops in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Syria and Lebanon.

Source: Haaretz

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