BEIRUT: The United Nations expects the new Cabinet’s policy statement to clearly commit Lebanon to all of its international obligations, especially Security Council Resolution 1701, the U.N.’s special coordinator told Prime Minister Najib Mikati Monday.
“I reiterated my expectation and the expectation of the secretary-general that the government will restate its full support and commitment to the full implementation of 1701 in its ministerial declaration,” U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said after his meeting with Mikati in the Grand Serail.
“I also restated the expectation of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the government’s policy platform contain a clear commitment to all of Lebanon’s international obligations,” Williams said adding that Mikati had expressed his commitment to 1701 on several occasions.
Mikati has been under international pressure to uphold U.N. resolutions including UNSCR 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Lebanon and Israel and called for the implementation of the U.N. resolution regarding the disarmament of Hezbollah, and UNSCR 1757 which established the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2007, with the funding of the Lebanese government, to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Hezbollah an its allies in the March 8 alliance have repeatedly questioned the credibility of the tribunal, describing it as an American-Israel conspiracy targeting the resistance. March 8 hold the majority in Mikati’s Cabinet.
“I am confident that [Mikati] recognizes Lebanon's international commitments and greatly respects them and he is looking forward to implementing them,” Williams told reporters.