U.N. extends Lebanon mandate

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to extend the mandate of the 13,600-member U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon and called for a permanent cease-fire and long-term solution to last summer's Israel-Hezbollah war.

 U.N. extends Lebanon mandate
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to extend the mandate of the 13,600-member U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon and called for a permanent cease-fire and long-term solution to last summer's Israel-Hezbollah war.

The resolution adopted by the council emphasized the need for greater progress in resolving these and other issues stemming from the 34-day war that killed more than 1,000 people in Lebanon and 159 people on the Israeli side.

The current mandate of the force — comprising 11,428 ground troops, 2,000 maritime personnel, 185 staff officers and 20 local staff — expires Aug. 31.

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora sent a letter asking the council to renew the mandate for a year. The resolution extends the mandate until Aug. 31, 2008.

The U.N. force, along with 15,000 Lebanese troops, was deployed along the border with Israel to enforce the Security Council resolution that ended the Israeli-Hezbollah war.


AP
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