UN express concerns over recent incidents on the Israel-Lebanon border
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Monday revealed concerns over recent incidents on the Israel-Lebanon border, which is being monitored by the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).In a statement released after closed consultations, the members of the council expressed their deep concern following the recent events, which occurred across the Blue Line and in UNIFIL’s area of operations, as well as all the violations of Security Council Resolution 1701, including by land and air.
The Blue Line is a border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel published by the United Nations on 7 June 2000 to determine whether Israel had fully withdrawn from Lebanon. By September 2018, Israel completed 11 kilometers of a concrete barrier along its border with Lebanon designed to protect Israeli communities from Hezbollah infiltrations. Resolution 1701, adopted in August 2006, is about the cessation of hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel.
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The members of the UNSC recalled that all parties should make every effort to sustain the cessation of hostilities, exercise maximum calm and restraint, and refrain from any action or rhetoric that could destabilize the region. They welcomed the will of the concerned parties to make the best use of the tripartite mechanism that involves UNIFIL and the armed forces of Lebanon and Israel, condemning any attack against the peacekeepers. The Mission has around 10,500 peacekeepers coming from 45 troop-contributing States. UNIFIL maintains an intensive level of operational and other activities amounting to approximately 14,500 actions per month, day and night, in the area. The Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL – which is complemented by a six-vessel Maritime Task Force – jointly carry out seventeen percent of the activities.
With the resolutions 425 and 426 of 19 March 1978, the UNSC established the Mission to confirm the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon, restore international peace and security, and support the Government in guaranteeing the return of its effective authority in the area. From 2006, in addition to its mandate, UNIFIL also monitor the cessation of violence. Accompany and help the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy throughout the South, including along the Blue Line. Extends its assistance to ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons. The Mission also serves the Lebanese Government, at its request, in securing its borders and other entry points to block the entrance of arms or related materiel.
According to the UN press office, in closed consultations on Monday, the Security Council was briefed by UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Jan Kubis, and UN Undersecretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix. Germany’s deputy U.N. ambassador Jürgen Schulz told the council that “Lebanon is facing an unprecedented challenge” to its political leadership and the country’s stability, according to the text of his statement to the closed meeting.