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Saturday, 29 July, 2000, 18:03 GMT 19:03 UK
UN gets Lebanese go-ahead to deploy
mine clearing
Ukrainian UN troops clear mines near Yaroun
Lebanon has given UN peacekeeping troops permission to deploy along its border with Israel from Sunday.

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has given the go-ahead after a two-month dispute over whether Israel was guilty of border violations in the zone of southern Lebanon they occupied for 22 years.

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UN troop deployment had been suspended on Friday
UN troops had started moving into the area on Friday but deployment was later suspended after Lebanon complained about border violations.

"The deployment of Unifil troops to the border in four different locations will take place tomorrow morning," a UN Interim Force (Unifil) statement said.

Teams from Unifil and the Lebanese army will meet on Monday to begin joint planning for full redeployment in the area vacated by Israeli troops, the statement added.

Lebanese presence

The possibility of Lebanese troops being moved into the area was not mentioned by Unifil but a Reuters correspondent saw Lebanese troops patrolling the Israeli border on Saturday near the village of Kfarkila.

He said he also saw a truck carrying 12 soldiers was near the Israeli town of Al-Manara in the eastern sector of Israel's former occupation zone.

It was accompanied by a UN armoured personnel carrier.

The UN units moved in on Friday were stationed the border points of Yaroun and Al-Manara.

And Ukrainian UN troops had already begun clearing landmines near the village of Yaroun, on the Israeli border on Saturday morning.

Lebanon has come under increasing pressure to take part in the deployment of troops and has requested for $1.5bn in foreign assistance to rebuild the area.

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