The United Nations Secretary-General, Javier Perez de Cuellar recommended on January 14 that the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) should be renewed.
1. Finnish Troops:GV UNIFIL roadblock. 0.11
2. GV UNIFIL troops checking truck at roadblock. 0.28
3. GV PAN DOWN UNIFIL soldier manning machine gun, while others position sandbags. 0.35
4. GV Soldiers filling sandbags. 0.40
5. GV Soldiers checking vehicle. 0.48
6. SV Abandoned UN position. 1.04
7. GV UNIFIL Headquarters. 1.10
8. GV UNIFIL soldiers walking down track. 1.18
9. Norwegian Troops: GV PAN U.S. vehicle crossing Israeli roadblock. 1.31
10. Ghanaian Troops: GV UNIFIL troops manning roadblock. 1.41
11. GV U.N. armoured vehicle crossing roadblock. 2.01
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Background: VARIOUS, LEBANON
The United Nations Secretary-General, Javier Perez de Cuellar recommended on January 14 that the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) should be renewed. It expires on January 19 unless the UN Security Council agrees the current mandate should be extended. Finland was one of eleven nations to send some 6,500 troops to Lebanon after an Israeli incursion against Palestinian guerrillas in 1978. UNIFIL efforts to maintain the peace came in for sharp criticism when the Israeli army marched unhindered through their lines in June 1982 during the advance on Beirut. Controversy has since developed over how long UNIFIL should remain in the country. The Lebanese government wants them to stay for another six months with their area of operation, at present confined to the south, extended to cover the whole country. But Israel says the peace force has outlived its usefulness and should only be allowed to remain for another two to three months. Mr. Perez de Cuellar, has said withdrawal of the U.N. troops before the Lebanese government's own security forces take over would once again put the safety of the civilian population in jeopardy. Meanwhile the troops including men from Norway and Ghana continue with their duties until the issue is resolved.
Source: REUTERS - SOUHEIL RACHED