UN hits out at Lebanon’s ‘leaders’ during hearing on Hezbollah-Israel ceasefire

UN hits out at Lebanon’s ‘leaders’ during hearing on Hezbollah-Israel ceasefire

The UN special coordinator for Lebanon praised the role of the Lebanese Army and called for continued support to “this key institution.”

The United Nations said on Thursday that it was doing everything it could to assist Lebanon, but that the country’s leaders ultimately bear “the duty for salvaging Lebanon.”

Speaking at the annual review on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) Joanna Wronecka called for the immediate formation of a government in Lebanon to put the country on the path to recovery.
“The UN is doing what it can to help mitigate the crisis, but the responsibility for saving Lebanon ultimately rests with Lebanon’s leaders,” Wronecka added.

Resolution 1701 put an end to the July 2006 war between Iran-backed Hezbollah and Israel. It called for a full cessation of hostilities, including attacks by Hezbollah and all offensive military operations by Israel.
The resolution’s goal, according to Wronecka, was to improve Lebanon’s security, state authority, and sovereignty.
As a result, she expressed her hope for a strong commitment to fully implement the resolution.

The UNSCOL also praised the role of the Lebanese Army and called for continued support to “this key institution.”
According to the Times of Israel, Israel’s envoy to the United Nations addressed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, “urging them to condemn Hezbollah.”

During the Israeli bombardment of Gaza in May, rockets were fired into Israel multiple times. Contrary to previous rocket attacks, Hezbollah denied being behind the latest moves.
In the Israeli letter to the UN this week, Israel’s top diplomat to the UN said the incidents “provide another example of the volatile situation within UNIFIL’s Area of Operation and constitute clear evidence of the existence of unauthorized weapons and ammunition in the area.”
This comes ahead of the UN’s annual session next month, where the renewal of UN peacekeepers in Lebanon will be discussed (UNIFIL).
Tel Aviv has often criticized UNIFIL, claiming that the peacekeeping force isn’t tough enough on Hezbollah.

UNIFIL troops are prohibited from entering private property without prior approval. Hezbollah has been accused of storing weapons in private residences and businesses near the Lebanese border with Israel.


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