Mandate of UN force in southern Lebanon extended until July (UN-UNITED NATIONS) 01/28/05)
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28 January 2005 – Calling for an end to "serious breaches" of the
ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon, the Security Council today
extended the mandate of the peacekeeping United Nations Interim Force
in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another six months and urged Lebanon to
deploy an adequate number of security forces along the so-called Blue
Line between the two countries.
Acting on the recommendation of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the
Council unanimously adopted a resolution that continued the operation
until 31 July.
UNIFIL was established in 1978 to confirm the withdrawal of Israelis
troops from its northern neighbour, restore international peace and
security and help the Lebanese Government regain its authority over
In its resolution, the Council condemned all acts of
violence, "including the recent incidents across the Blue Line that
have resulted in the killing and wounding of United Nations military
It expressed great concern about "the serious breaches and the sea,
land and continuing air violations of the withdrawal line, and urges
the parties to put an end to these violations, to refrain from any
act or provocation that could further escalate the tension and to
abide scrupulously by their obligation to respect the safety of the
UNIFIL and other United Nations personnel."
Early this month, a Hizbollah explosive device was blown up as the
Israeli Defence Force (IDF) was patrolling an area just south of the
Blue Line in the Shab´a Farms, an area which the Lebanese Government
considers disputed despite Security Council resolutions to the
contrary, the Secretary-General´s report on the situation says.
One IDF soldier was killed and three others wounded. Israel responded
with tank and machine gun fire, killing a French UNIFIL observer and
wounding his Swedish colleague.
Another Hizbollah roadside device exploded on the Israeli side of the
Blue Line in mid-January, damaging an IDF vehicle. The IDF responded,
wounding two Lebanese civilians.
Rockets fired towards Israel, presumably by Palestinian militants,
were detected last year on 9 and 28 October and on 15 November, while
Israeli air incursions continued throughout the six-month reporting
period from 21 July 2004 to 20 January 2005, the report says.
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