UNIFIL Mandate Extended by Security Council
Last week, the Security Council renewed the mission of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) until 31 August 2015 with the Resolution 2172 (2014). According to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNIFIL plays a crucial role in ensuring peace and stability in southern Lebanon
- Confirm Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon;
- Restore international peace and security; and
- Assist the Lebanese Government in restoring its effective authority in the area.
As regards to the Lebanon-Israeli conflict in 2006, UN Security Council had released Resolution 1701 in which Council calls for Israel and Lebanon to support a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution. Furthermore, Council has significantly enhanced UNIFIL and expanded its original mandate by Resolution 1701 (2006) to:
- Monitor the cessation of hostilities;
- Accompany and support the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) as they deploy throughout the South, as Israel withdraws its armed forces from Lebanon;
- Coordinate these activities with the Governments of Lebanon and Israel;
- Extend its assistance to help ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons;
- Assist the LAF in taking steps towards the establishment between the Blue Line and the Litani river of an free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Government of Lebanon and of UNIFIL deployed in this area;
- Assist the Government of Lebanon in securing its borders and other entry points to prevent the entry in Lebanon without its consent of arms or related materiel.
According to the statistics as for 30 June 2014, UNIFIL mission consists of 10,288 troop, 281 international civilian and 607 local civilian staff.