The United Nations Security Council late Monday called on Lebanon to form a national unity government “swiftly” and expressed its hope for the mandate renewal of the U.N. peacekeeping forces in the country.
Officials discussed developments on U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 in a closed-door session Monday evening while “expressing support for UNSCOL and UNIFIL in carrying out their mandate in Lebanon.”
“Members expressed hope that a new government of national unity will be formed swiftly and look forward to the upcoming mandate renewal of UNIFIL,” said Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the U.N. and the President of the Security Council for the month of July.
“Members expressed their commitment to follow closely the situation in Lebanon, including the implementation of UNSCR 1701,” Skoog told reporters after the meeting.
Asked about reports over the restriction of movement by UNIFIL troops in south Lebanon, Skoog said, “We want to look at the discussion in August to renew the mandate of UNIFIL.”
Skoog also voiced his belief that no “major changes in the mandate” will be seen. “Today was to understanding what UNIFIL is doing,” he said.
Local daily Al-Joumhouria reported that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke of his concern over continued violation of Lebanese airspace. “Hezbollah continues to boast about its military capabilities,” Al-Joumhouria quoted a statement from the UNSC as reading.
Resolution 1701 was unanimously approved on Aug. 11, 2006 in an effort to end the Hezbollah-Israel conflict.
One of the key points of the resolution was the total disarmament of Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias.
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