Lebanon/UNIFIL: It was necessary to preserve its mandate [fr]
Lebanon/ Renewing UNIFIL mandate - Vote explanation of Ms. Anne Gueguen, Deputy Permanent Representative, chargée d’Affaires a.i. - Security Council - 30 August 2017
"Given the difficult regional context, UNIFIL has a strategic stabilizing influence that is in the interests of all." Anne Gueguen, 30 August 2017
We welcome the unanimous renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year. As penholder, as it does every year, France assumed its responsibility and tried to keep the unity of the Security Council on renewing UNIFIL’s mandate. It being necessary to preserve its mandate, we all agreed in the Council to maintain the mission’s capacity to ensure that it can carry out its tasks as best as possible. I would like to thank all the members of the Council and the parties for their cooperation and constructive attitude during the negotiations, which
UNIFIL is a regional public good. It is carrying out its mandate by monitoring the cessation of hostilities along the Blue Line, where the situation remains volatile but overall calm and stable after more than 10 years. That is in and of itself a major accomplishment, specially when we see that elsewhere in the region the security situation has deteriorated. Carrying out its work in a difficult area of operations, UNIFIL plays an indispensable role of being between the two sides even though the forces present have quite superior capacities. As with all operations and arrangements, UNIFIL can of course can do better and can do more. But no one within the Council can imagine for one second that environment without UNIFIL.
We went as far as we could to take into account the concerns of some Member States, even though the preference of almost the entire Council was for a strictly technical renewal, As a troop contributor, we are well aware of the situation in the south of Lebanon and do not want to imperil the delicate balance. However, that in no way excludes the possibility of working in other contexts on the serious concerns expressed by some of our partners.
Given the difficult regional context, UNIFIL has a strategic stabilizing influence that is in the interests of all. In that regard, I would like to commend the troop contributors, especially Italy, which enable UNIFIL to carry out its mandate. It is also essential that the parties respect all of their obligations.
I should like to conclude by commending the Egyptian presidency of the Council for the month of August, which has led our work with efficiency and wisdom. I wish them a happy Eid.