Lebanese Foreign Ministry Omits UNSC Resolution 1559 from International Support Group Statement

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Lebanese Foreign Ministry Omits UNSC Resolution 1559 from International Support Group Statement

As part of the arduous efforts and relentless attempts to defend Hezbollah's arms, the ruling authority committed a "diplomatic forgery" by premeditatedly omitting any mention of the UN Security Council Resolution 1559 from the final statement of the International Support Group of Lebanon issued on Friday.

The English version of the statement issued by the United Nations clearly calls for Lebanon to implement the UNSC decisions, notably resolutions 1559 and 1701. Below is the relevant excerpt:

“The Group reiterates the need for full implementation and full respect of all UN Security Council resolutions, including resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1701 (2006). It commends the role of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in maintaining calm along the Blue Line and its cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) with the aim of extending and consolidating the authority of the Lebanese State across the whole of the national territory. It expresses its deep concern at all violations in connection with resolution 1701 (2006) in particular the incidents detailed in the reports of the Secretary General to the Council on the implementation of resolution 1701. It calls upon the LAF and UNIFIL to step up their cooperation, with the goal of speeding up the effective and durable deployment of the LAF in southern Lebanon and the territorial waters of Lebanon, in accordance with resolution 2373 (2017), and encourages the LAF to continue the initial steps it has taken in this regard.”

It is worth noting that the UN Security Council Resolution 1559 calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias.

However, the statement was transferred for translation by the Lebanese Embassy and the Lebanese Foreign Ministry which omitted the part mentioning Resolution 1559 from the text.

According to knowledgeable sources, the French Embassy in Beirut detected the alteration, corrected it and re-distributed the statement.

Source: Kataeb.org