The United Nations Security Council met on Monday to decide on the future of the peacekeeping force in Southern Lebanon.
The United Nations Security Council met on Monday to decide on the future of the peacekeeping force in Southern Lebanon. The fifteen-member council voted 12 - nil to extend the life of the force, which is known as UNIFIL. There were 2 abstentions, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. The force will now remain in the Lebanon until January 19th 1979. China did not take part in the vote in accordance with its usual practice. concerning UN peace-keeping operations.
SYNOPSIS: The Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim had, in his latest report on UNIFIL, recommended a six-month extension. But France, which has the largest troop contingent in the 6,000 man force, wanted this reduced to three months. The United States sponsored the compromise resolution. Addressing the Council immediately after the vote, Secretary-General Waldheim appealed for the cooperation of all the parties concerned.