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31 August 2010 - Lebanon - UNIFIL / Adoption of resolution 1937 - Statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs’ Spokesperson

France welcomes the unanimous adoption of resolution 1937 (2010) by the UN Security Council which renews for one year the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The Force plays a role which is crucial to stability in Lebanon and to maintaining the cessation of hostilities with Israel, in the framework of the missions assigned to it under resolution 1701 (2006).

Resolution 1937 (2010) unambiguously and strongly reaffirms the need for the Parties to respect the principle of freedom of movement of UNIFIL which is an essential condition for its action. It renews the call on the Government of Lebanon to further increase the Lebanese Armed Forces deployed in Southern Lebanon.

Moreover, resolution 1937 sends clear messages as regards the withdrawal of the Israeli army from northern Ghajar, strict respect of the Blue Line by the Parties, the call to accelerate the visible marking of the Blue Line, and the obligation to respect the arms embargo in Southern Lebanon provided for by resolution 1701.

We reiterate our full support for UNIFIL which is fulfilling its mandate with determination and thus contributing to peace in the region and to the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and stability of Lebanon in accordance with Security Council resolutions, in particular resolution 1701.

France, with almost 1,500 troops, therefore remains fully engaged in UNIFIL.



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