Wrong Time to Change
UNIFIL Mandate, Warns Russia
(RIA Novosti) – This is an utterly wrong time to make whatever
changes in the mandate of the UNIFIL, United Nations Interim Force
in Lebanon, Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s Foreign Ministry official
spokesman, said in response to media reports about a tentative
developments make whatever plans to change the Force mandate untimely
to the extreme. That is our conviction. At any rate, the concept
of UNIFIL future must take into account, first of all, the stance
of the Lebanese government as host party," stressed the diplomat.
Council is to proceed from the UN Secretary General’s report for
a resolution to prolong the Force mandate for another six months,
he pointed out in a statement.
was stationed in Lebanon in 1978 on the basis of UN Security Council
resolution No. 425. The Force has proved its efficiency since
then. UNIFIL is an essential stabilizing factor in the involved
situation that persists in the Middle East. That is what Russia
proceeds from," Mr. Yakovenko emphasized.
sees it, negotiations are to resume with Palestine, alongside
bilateral Israeli-Syrian and Israeli-Lebanese. That is the way
to settle regional problems. The United Nations has offered an
international legal basis for those efforts with Security Council
resolutions Nos. 242, 338, 425, 1397 and 1515.
one of the four international mediators of Mideastern settlement,
and it is firmly determined to promote all-round settlement in
the region, said the diplomat.