UNIFIL after Security Council Resolution 2373: Same Forces, More Reports

canadafreepress.com | 1/21/2018 | INSS
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On August 30, 2017, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2373, which extends Resolution 1701 (2006) and the mandate of the United Nation’s Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year. The main changes in Resolution 2373 from earlier resolutions lie in the request “to look at ways to enhance UNIFIL’s efforts… including ways to increase UNIFIL’s visible presence…within its existing mandate” and “to continue to issue prompt and detailed reports on violations of Resolution 1701…on the restrictions to UNIFIL’s freedom of movement… on specific areas where UNIFIL does not access ... and to further develop a reporting mechanism in order to provide concrete and detailed information on the aforementioned issues.” Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon described it as “a significant political victory that could change the situation in southern Lebanon and expose the terrorist enterprise that Hezbollah established on Israel’s border,” and added that “the resolution requires UNIFIL to open its eyes, and forces it to take action against Hezbollah’s military force buildup in the area.”

In the discussion before the vote, US Ambassador Nikki Haley thanked France for its “willingness to make significant improvements to UNIFIL’s mandate,” and “describing “the status quo for UNIFIL is unacceptable, she said the resolution called on the Force to step up patrols and inspections to disrupt Hezbollah’s illicit activities.” In contrast, the day after the resolution was adopted, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah complimented Lebanon’s Foreign Minister for blocking the plot of the United States, Israel, and Britain to change UNIFIL’s mandate, and one of the newspapers in Lebanon reported the resolution with the headline “Business as Usual.” In September, United Nations senior officials described the document as “a new resolution in old language, the same mandate in a new reality - in which UNIFIL is expected to be and appear...
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