U.N. Special Coordinator Briefs Security Council on the Implementation of Resolution 1701
U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix and UNIFIL Force Commander Maj. Gen. Stefano del Col briefed Tuesday the U.N. Security Council on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006) and the situation in Lebanon, with a focus on the latest report of U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Wronecka recognized the formation of a government as "a positive development" while regretting that "it had not resulted in progress in the implementation of a reform agenda in Lebanon" since her last briefing to the Security Council in July 2021.
Noting the deteriorating socio-economic conditions in Lebanon and their acute impact on people’s daily lives, Wronecka said she hoped the Lebanese Cabinet would resume its meetings that have been suspended since October 12 and take urgent measures in the interest of the country and the people.
“Commitments must translate into actions if Lebanon’s leadership intends to overcome the country’s deep crisis, recover Lebanon’s political and institutional stability and address the needs and rights of the Lebanese people,” the Special Coordinator said.
In this regard, she stressed that “fair and transparent elections within constitutional timelines are the linchpin of democracy, an integral part of reform and place Lebanon on a path of recovery,” and reiterated international readiness to support the electoral process.
Members of the Security Council welcomed "UNIFIL’s efforts to maintain peace and security in south Lebanon and its close coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces." They also emphasized "the importance of all parties honoring their commitments to fully implement resolution 1701 and respect the cessation of hostilities."
Encouraging additional international support to the Lebanese Armed Forces, the Special Coordinator commended "the critical role played by the army in safeguarding Lebanon’s security and stability despite the impact of the socio-economic crisis on the military institution and its servicemen."
Noting recent tensions related to the investigation into the Beirut Port explosions, the Special Coordinator reiterated the U.N.’s calls for justice and accountability through the swift conduct of an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation.
The Special Coordinator also highlighted the U.N.’s "ongoing efforts to support Lebanon during this difficult period" and its "steadfast commitment to Lebanon’s security, stability and territorial integrity."