Last month Lebanese president Michel Aoun effectively said that the Lebanese Armed Forces and Hezbollah are working together, stating that if there was a war with Israel the LAF would fight side-by-side with Hezbollah.
How is UNIFIL responding to this?
It’s continuing to regard the LAF as a partner to get rid of the Hezbollah army (as UNSC 1701 insists) instead of an ally of the terror group.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today donated a number of UN-owned vehicles and other assets worth US$ 658,000 to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the LAF Intelligence at a ceremony held at the UN Mission’s headquarters in south Lebanon.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today donated a number of UN assets, including vehicles and information technology equipment, to the General Directorate of the General Security of Lebanon.
The donation is in line with the existing cooperation between UNIFIL and the Lebanese Government’s military and other security institutions, as mandated by the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which forms the core of UNIFIL’s mandate.
By helping the LAF, the UN is also helping Hezbollah.
And yes, it refers to its mandate to justify it, the same mandate that says that UNIFIL must not allow Hezbollah weapons into southern Lebanon, as Hezbollah smuggles them in by the thousands.
But UNIFIL did remove an Israeli surveillance device, so it is directly helping both the LAF and Hezbollah.
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