Security Council extends mandate of UN Interim Force in Lebanon

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted Resolution 2485, extending for another year the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which expires on Aug. 31.

The newly adopted resolution decides to extend the present mandate of UNIFIL until Aug. 31, 2020 and commends the positive role of UNIFIL, whose deployment together with the Lebanese Armed Forces has helped to establish a new strategic environment in southern Lebanon.

Besides, the resolution affirms its strong continuing commitment to the existing UNIFIL mandate and calls for the full implementation of Resolution 1701 (2006).

In 2006, the Council adopted Resolution 1701, which called for a cessation of hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel.

The resolution mandated UNIFIL to assist the Lebanese Armed Forces in taking steps towards the establishment, between the Blue Line and the Litani River, of an area free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the government and of UNIFIL, and to assist the government of Lebanon in securing its borders and other entry points to prevent the entry of arms into Lebanon without its consent.