Future Status of Unifil Uncear

The future of the, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), following the Lebanese-Israeli accord on the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon, is unclear, United Nations officials said today.

The officials said that after the accord is implemented the Security Council will have to convene in a special session to decide if the mandate of UNIFIL should continue or if there should be any changes regarding its composition and operation.

UNIFIL’s mandate was extended in January for another six-months period. The 6,000 member UNIFIL was established by the Security Council in 1978 to monitor the peace in south Lebanon.

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