Lebanon

  • April 2008

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    In April the Council will discuss a report from the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) on the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The report is expected on 27 March. (The UNIIIC mandate expires in June.)

  • March 2008

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    The Council in March will hold consultations on the Secretary-General’s report, due in late February, on implementing resolution 1701 of August 2006, which ended the war between Hezbollah and Israel. Lebanon’s domestic political crisis has deepened, and this is likely to be on the minds of Council members as well.

  • February 2008

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    The Council will continue to follow events in Lebanon closely, particularly the ongoing negotiations regarding the presidential election. The Council’s position on the need to resolve the impasse quickly is clearly on record. Further Council action is only expected in February in the event of specific adverse incidents.

  • December 2007

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    At press time Council action on Lebanon was very hard to predict because of the failure of the Lebanese parties to elect a president to replace Emile Lahoud who left office on 24 November. A further complicating factor was the delay in holding consultations on resolution 1701. Political developments in Lebanon could lead to all these matters being taken up in December.

  • November 2007

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    The Council is expected to hold at least two sets of informal consultations on Lebanon in November. One, early in the month, will address the report on resolution 1559, and another later in the month will cover issues arising under resolution 1701, such as disarmament and arms smuggling, and the Sheb'a Farms.

  • 26 October 2007

    Update Report No. 3: Lebanon

    Update Report

    The Council will hold consultations in early November (at time of writing, 5 November was being considered) after a briefing by Terje Rød-Larsen, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for implementation of resolution 1559. (Adopted in 2004, resolution 1559 focused on withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon and the factors giving rise to instability in Lebanon.)

  • September 2007

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    Council members are likely to follow closely the Lebanese presidential elections, due to take place on 25 September. But in terms of scheduled Council activity the only focus in September will be the special tribunal to try those suspected in the Hariri murder and other linked assassinations. A progress report from the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 1757 (establishing the tribunal under Chapter VII of the UN Charter) is expected by 5 September.

  • August 2007

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    The Council is expected to renew the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which expires on 31 August. The Council will receive recommendations from the Secretary-General in early August and an extension of the mandate for 12 months is likely.

  • July 2007

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    Lebanon seems likely to produce even greater challenges in July amid conflict between the Lebanese army and Palestinian militants, reports of widespread rearming of Lebanese militias and increasing security challenges to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The Council seems ready to maintain momentum on resolution 1701.

  • June 2007

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    In June, recommendations from the Secretary-General on improved monitoring of the Syria-Lebanon border and a report on implementation of resolution 1701 are expected to be discussed. In addition, the issue of Sheb'a Farms is likely to be high on the agenda. Recommendations are expected in the 1701 report, together with a geographical definition of the area. 

  • May 2007

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    The fifth semi-annual report on the implementation of resolution 1559, due 19 April, was postponed because the Secretary-General's Personal Envoy Terje Røed-Larsen was in Syria with the Secretary-General. Consultations previously scheduled for 30 April were delayed. These are likely to take place in early May. A presidential statement is likely.

  • April 2007

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    The Council is expected to take up Lebanon twice during April. Consultations on the Secretary-General's report on the implementation of resolution 1701were postponed from March to early April, so as to hear the Secretary-General's account of his visit to the region. For further details visit our March Forecast. In the second half of April, the Council is expecting the Secretary-General's report on implementation of resolution 1559.

  • March 2007

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    On 12 March the Council is due to receive the quarterly report on resolution 1701, which brought about the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah. Recommendations on the status of the Sheb'a Farms are also expected. A presidential statement is possible.

  • January 2007

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    The Council will follow closely political developments in Lebanon. No action is expected unless the situation deteriorates. The Council is awaiting the Secretary-General's recommendations on the delineation of the Lebanese border in the Sheb'a Farms area and the wider situation in Lebanon pursuant to resolution 1701. The Secretary-General appointed a senior cartographer to determine the territorial definition of the Sheb'a Farms.

  • 8 December 2006

    Update report No.2: Lebanon

    Update Report

    On Monday 11 December the Council will hold consultations on the practical implementation of resolution 1701 (2006) (and in particular, on the operations of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon) in response to a factual report submitted by the Secretary-General by letter on 1 December. The Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement.