The United Nations security Council has renewed the mandate of the peace-keeping force in Lebanon for another six months.
SV Egyptian delegate Dr. Nabil A. Elaraby, speaking in English.
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SV Jordanian delegate George Y, Shamma, speaking in English.
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SV Syrian delegate, Hammoud El-Choufi, speaking in English.
TRANSCRIPT: ELARABY: "Notwithstanding the obstacles deliberately placed, UNIFIL is admirably discharging its delicate and difficult mandate. The Council should, in the view of my delegation, express in the clearest possible terms that any restrictions on the deployment of the United Nations forces will not be tolerated. UNIFIL is certainly a tangible manifestation of the United Nations' dedication to the maintenance of peace and security. It should be fully supported in order to enhance the effectiveness of the United Nations in maintaining world peace, and to assist countries like Lebanon in safeguarding their sovereignty and territorial integrity."
SHAMMA: "UNIFIL was created to combat the Zionist evil forces and to restore peace in Lebanon. It is not much to ask when the report says in paragraph 42 that quote 'certain essential conditions to be fulfilled' unquote if UNIFIL is to continue its mission in restoring peace to southern Lebanon...one of these conditions is quote 'a cessation of the harassment of the civilian population and of UNIFIL by the de facto forces' unquote. And second quote 'a change in the position of the Israeli authorities'. So simple and so explicit, the prerequisites of restoring peace to a peaceful Lebanon. Would the Israelis heed the Secretary-General's simple conditions for peace? Of course not."
EL-CHOUFI: "My government believes that this council can - and, if you will allow me to say so, must - resort to the following two feasible actions...first, it is imperative that the mandate of the UNIFIL be redefined in order to enable it to carry out its mandate. Being a U.N. peace-keeping force, the UNIFIL must carry adequate military credibility to enable it to carry out its mandate. In many of its resolutions, the Security Council had recourse to the possibility of restoring to quote unquote other measures. I think that it's high time that the Security Council told the world what these other measures may be. That's why we think that UNIFIL should be empowered at least to defend it self when it's attacked - either by the Israeli army and/or their henchmen, the so-called irregular forces of Major Haddad. Second, we completely agree with the Lebanese proposal that it's necessary to reactivate the...Israeli-Lebanese mixed armistice committee. We believe that there must be neutral, credible and reliable observer to inform the security Council's of who -- between Lebanon and Israel - really is violating the ceasefire agreement."
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Background: The United Nations security Council has renewed the mandate of the peace-keeping force in Lebanon for another six months. The resolution was approved by twelve votes to none -- with two abstentions -- and strongly deplored acts of violence against Lebanon. It also called on Israel to halt incursions into Lebanon, and to stop giving assistance to "irresponsible armed groups" -- a reference to the Lebanese christian militia who control a strip of territory along the border with Israel. The renewal of the mandate of the UN interim force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) had earlier seemed in jeopardy when Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim warned that Israeli co-operation was essential if the force was to function effectively. Among the delegates who addressed the Security council before thursday's (14 June) vote was Egypt's Deputy Permanent Representative, Dr. Nabil A. Elaraby.
SYNOPSIS: Jordan's Deputy Permanent Representative, Mr. George Y. Shamma, also addressed the Council.
Syria's Permanent Representative, Hammoud El-Choufi, also had a comment to make.