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U.N. Extends Unifil Mandate

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The Security Council unanimously adopted Friday a resolution extending the mandate of UNIFIL, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, for another six-month period.

The present mandate of the 5,844-troop force expired Sunday.

UNIFIL was established by the Security Council in 1978 to maintain peace in southern Lebanon.

Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, in a report to the members of the Security Council last week, said that UNIFIL continues to play an “important role” in controlling the level of violence in the area.

He said that without UNIFIL, the situation “could quickly escalate into a wider conflict.”

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