UN Council warns against attempts to destabilize Lebanon

UNITED NATIONS- The UN Security Council on Thursday warned against attempts to destabilize Lebanon as it renewed the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in the country for another year.
The renewal of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon came amid mounting concerns about the impact of the 17-month-old war in Syria on its neighbor. More than 150,000 Syrians are said to have fled to Lebanon where factions for and against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad have fought deadly clashes.

UN Council warns against attempts to destabilize Lebanon
The UN Security Council condemned "all attempts to threaten the security and stability of Lebanon, reaffirming its determination to ensure that no such acts of intimidation will prevent UNIFIL from implementing its mandate," said the council resolution on the UN force.
The council also expressed "deep concern" at violations of the 2006 resolution that ended the war between Israel and Iranian-backed Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
A roadside bomb wounded five French peacekeepers in southern Lebanon in December. There have been other attacks on the UN force.
UNIFIL has been in southern Lebanon since 1978 and was expanded after the 2006 war so peacekeepers could deploy along the border with Israel. The resolution, passed unanimously by the 15-nation council, extended the force's mandate until August 31, 2013.

Friday, August 31st 2012

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