Lebanon: UN Interim Force in Lebanon

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th February 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of UNIFIL's powers under its current mandate to (a) detect and (b) disrupt any illicit arms transfers to Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK commends the work of UNIFIL in maintaining calm and stability in southern Lebanon over the last 11 years. We condemn cases where UNIFIL's mandate has been obstructed. The mission must be allowed to fulfil its mandate. We therefore welcomed UN Security Council Resolution 2373 passed in August 2017 which re-emphasised UNIFIL's right to take all necessary action to resist attempts to prevent it discharging its duties and a requirement to provide detailed reporting of all violations of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

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