Lebanon

  • October 2006

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    Lebanon is likely to take a considerable amount of the Council's time and attention in October. Members will be following developments related to the implementation of resolution 1701, which called for a cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah and authorised a reinforcement of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

  • 25 September 2006

    Special Research Report No. 6: Resolution 1701

    Research Report

    The adoption of resolution 1701 on 11 August 2006 was a critical step in ending the fighting between Hezbollah and Israel after 33 days of intense combat, which left over a thousand people dead (1,187 people in Lebanon and 160 in Israel) and displaced approximately one million Lebanese and 300,000 Israelis. But the Security Council, in this resolution, did much more than just achieve a ceasefire. The establishment of a robust UN peacekeeping force, the focus on principles and elements for a "permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution" and wide authority for the Secretary-General to take the lead in peacemaking efforts are all major innovations in the Council's approach to the region. The Security Council is engaged much more proactively than ever before in the Middle East, and its ongoing involvement is seen as a message for a permanent peace. Resolution 1701 is therefore a very important window of opportunity for the region and for the UN. A key question, however, is whether this will be sustained.

  • September 2006

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    The Security Council will take up the Secretary-General's proposals, requested in resolution 1701, for implementing the Taif Accords and resolutions 1559 and 1680 concerning the disbanding and disarmament of militias in Lebanon, as well as on the delineation of the Lebanese border, in particular the Sheb'a Farms area.

  • August 2006

    Israel/Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    At press time, the Council is considering a one-month technical rollover of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in order to provide some time either to reconfigure UNIFIL or replace it with a stronger force.

  • 20 July 2006

    Update Report No.5: Lebanon/Israel

    Update Report

    The Council is being briefed today, 20 July, in an open meeting, by the Secretary-General (initial conclusions from the Secretary-General's envoys who visited the region from 12-18 July may be available). A public meeting at the Council is scheduled for Friday 21 July.

  • July 2006

    Lebanon (UNIFIL)

    Monthly Forecast

    On 31 July, the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) will expire. The Council will receive the report of the Secretary-General around 20 July and is expected to adopt a routine resolution extending the mandate of UNIFIL by an additional six months.

  • June 2006

    Lebanon (UNIIIC)

    Monthly Forecast

    The Council is expected to extend the mandate, which expires on 15 June, of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) regarding the terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others. The Council is also expected to address the fourth report of UNIIIC, to be submitted by its Commissioner Serge Brammertz on 9 June.

  • 12 May 2006

    Update Report No. 2: Lebanon

    Update Report

    In response to the third semi-annual report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of resolution 1559 (2004), submitted to the Security Council on 18 April 2006, France, the UK and the US circulated a draft resolution to all Council members on 10 May.

  • April 2006

    Lebanon

    Monthly Forecast

    In response to the positive developments in Lebanon, the Council is expected to adopt a presidential statement (or perhaps a resolution), giving encouragement to the "national dialogue process" and welcoming the report from the Secretary-General's Special Envoy, Terje Røed-Larsen.

  • 23 March 2006

    Update Report No. 4: Lebanon

    Update Report

    On 21 March 2006, the Secretary-General submitted the report (S/2006/176) requested by the Security Council in December (S/RES/1644) on international assistance to Lebanon to try those responsible for the terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on 14 February 2005.

  • March 2006

    Lebanon/Syria

    Monthly Forecast

    The first quarterly progress report of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) is due on 15 March, and firm Council action can be expected if it reveals clear non-cooperation by Syria.

  • February 2006

    Lebanon/Syria

    Monthly Forecast

    Ongoing pressure in the Council on Syria to comply with resolutions 1559, 1636 and 1644 can be expected. However, with the adoption of the presidential statement (S/PRST/2006/03) on 23 January relating to resolution 1559, and with no formal deadlines on the Lebanon/Syria issue during February, Council action is expected to be informal and supplemented by media statements by the President.

  • January 2006

    Lebanon/Israel (UNIFIL)

    Monthly Forecast

    On 31 January, the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) will expire. The Council is expected to receive the report of the Secretary-General around 20 January, discuss the recommendations in consultations and extend the mandate of UNIFIL by six months.

  • January 2006

    Lebanon/Syria

    Monthly Forecast

    On 13 December, Detlev Mehlis, the Commissioner for the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, briefed the Council on his second report containing new findings and detailing progress of the investigation.

  • December 2005

    Lebanon/Syria

    Monthly Forecast

    On 15 December, the next report of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC) on the assassination of former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri, is due.