Diplomatic concerns grow over Lebanon's violations of UN Resolution 1701

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2023-10-24 | 01:09
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Diplomatic concerns grow over Lebanon's violations of UN Resolution 1701
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Diplomatic concerns grow over Lebanon's violations of UN Resolution 1701

Calls for Lebanon's neutrality amid the Gaza war have taken a new turn, with a focus on the stance of the countries involved in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) regarding Lebanon's "flagrant violation" of UN Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri declared on Monday that "Lebanon is committed to international legitimacy," seemingly addressing the official stance on escalating violations of Resolution 1701. These violations have turned the military actions conducted by Hezbollah and Palestinian factions into "new conflict bases" along the Blue Line on the southern border.

This article was originally published in and translated from the Lebanese newspaper Nidaa al-Watan.
What do the new diplomatic facts tell us about the violations of Resolution 1701?

According to a well-informed source, the main question posed in discussions between international envoys and political, military, and security leaders is the Lebanese state's commitment to preventing breaches of the international resolution.

The source stated that foreign ministers, defense ministers, and ambassadors of countries participating in the UNIFIL forces "directly held the Lebanese state responsible for the safety and security of its officers and soldiers, expressing increasing concerns about possible attacks on these forces by armed groups operating in the southern region, given Lebanon's inability to deter them."

Several countries had openly discussed plans to withdraw or reduce their troops to the minimum required, as the German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius indicated in Beirut that "now is not the right time for reducing UNIFIL's numbers."

The source believes that "the beginning of the withdrawal of these forces will be an extremely negative signal that the situation in the south is heading for something worse than before the Israeli invasion in 1982."
 

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