No change in UNIFIL’s mandate in Lebanon

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) spokesperson Andrea Tenenti has assured that there will be no change in the UNIFIL’s mandate in Lebanon, local media reported.

“There has been no change in the UNIFIL’s mandate so far. We work on restricting tension in southern Lebanon,” Tenenti was quoted as saying by Elnashra, online independent newspaper.

The Israeli UN ambassador Danny Danon said earlier in May that Israel wants UN peacekeepers to have access to all sites in Lebanon, adding the UN Security Council must be immediately informed of any block of their freedom of movement.

However, Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader expressed his rejection to any change to the mandate of the UNIFIL.

Meanwhile, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab emphasized on Wednesday the urgent need for the UNIFIL in south Lebanon.

The Lebanese cabinet agreed on Friday to extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon for another year.