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"People told me it was a dead mission," Dr. Vanessa Newby said of the reaction she received when she expressed her intention to research the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon mission.Despite being termed an interim force, UNIFIL is one of the oldest such missions in the world, having had a presence in the area since 1978 . In this case, UNIFIL performs an important intermediary function.Much of Newby's book is devoted to tackling the perception of UNIFIL's failure.Newby's book maps the many activities UNIFIL undertakes, from the UNIFIL-mediated tripartite meetings that take place every six weeks between the armies on opposing sides, to the liaison office which helps to reconcile tensions in issues relating to the Blue Line, as well as patrolling the line and acting as a steadying presence and a spotlight on ongoing events.Newby recalled one incident featured in her book in which a number of cows crossed to the Lebanese side of the border. On the local level I argue, UNIFIL have won credibility but not legitimacy," she said. This credibility, she argues, has enabled UNIFIL to gain confidence and co-operation from the local population.
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