The Israeli foreign Ministry said the need to increase the effectiveness of UNIFIL in Lebanon
Israel is in favour of extending the mission of the United Nations interim force in southern Lebanon, but believes that the mandate of peacekeepers must be extended to be more effective, said Wednesday in an online briefing the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Israel Lior Hayat.
"Israel supports the extension of UNIFIL's mandate, but we believe it is necessary qualitative changes in terms of how the UN and the Security Council enforces the mandate, which receives UNIFIL under resolution 1701 to enable them to effectively perform tasks in southern Lebanon. We appreciate that the countries that send peacekeepers to a mission of striving to maintain peace on the border is our priority, too. But if they (the peacekeepers - ed.) will not be able to work effectively in southern Lebanon, including the ability to go to those places, which according to our data uses Hezbollah to store their stockpiles, if they will not be able to be there, it means that they will not do everything possible to maintain peace on the border," the diplomat said.
"Unfortunately, the situation today is that Hezbollah exists in southern Lebanon, and a tool that Nations could use to prevent it is ineffective. It needs to be made more effective," he added.
The government of Lebanon on 3 June decided to forward the request to the UN security Council to extend the mission the United Nations Interim force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for a year.
The leader of the Lebanese movement "Hezbollah" Hassan Nasrallah declared intentions of Israel and the United States to change the mandate of peacekeepers in South Lebanon and give them the right to searches and searches of private property under the pretext of search and seizure of weapons. The Shiite leader said about the inadmissibility of such actions, as this will be a direct violation of private property and the rights of citizens.
The first 4 thousand blue helmets have been dispatched to southern Lebanon in 1978. The United Nations interim force UNIFIL (UNIFIL) continued to be in the South of Lebanon in accordance with resolution 1701 of the UN security Council, which put an end to the war with Israel in 2006. Together with the Lebanese army peacekeepers control the area near Lebanon's border with Israel, also called the blue line. The composition of UNIFIL comprises about 11 thousand military personnel and more than 800 civilian experts from 41 countries. A third contingent of troops from EU countries.