UN lashes out at Lebanon ‘leaders’ during Hezbollah-Israel ceasefire hearing

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The United Nations said on Thursday it was doing everything it could to help Lebanon, but that ultimately “the responsibility for saving Lebanon rests in the hands” of the country’s leaders.

During the annual review of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, Joanna Wronecka, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), called for the immediate formation of a government in Lebanon to put the country on the road to recovery.

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“The United Nations is doing what it can to mitigate the situation, but ultimately the responsibility for saving Lebanon rests in the hands of Lebanon’s leaders,” Wronecka said.

Resolution 1701 ended the July 2006 war between Iran-backed Hezbollah and Israel. It called for a complete cessation of hostilities, including attacks by Hezbollah and all offensive military operations by Israel.

The purpose of the resolution was to improve Lebanon’s security, state authority and sovereignty, Wronecka noted.

As a result, she said, she hoped for a real commitment to implementing the resolution in its entirety.

UNSCOL also praised the role of the Lebanese military and called for continued support for “this key institution”.

Meanwhile, Israel’s ambassador to the UN sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, “urging them to condemn Hezbollah,” according to the Times of Israel.

During the Israeli bombing of Gaza in May, rockets were fired at Israel several times. Unlike previous rocket attacks, Hezbollah denied being behind the latest moves.

In Israel’s letter to the UN this week, the top Israeli diplomat at the UN said the incidents are “another example of the unstable situation within UNIFIL’s area of ​​operations and clear evidence of the existence of unauthorized weapons and ammunition.” in the area.”

This comes ahead of the annual UN session next month to discuss the renewal of UN peacekeepers in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Tel Aviv has consistently criticized UNIFIL, claiming that the peacekeeping force is not aggressive enough against Hezbollah.

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

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