Lebanon News

U.N. Extends UNIFIL Mission for Another Year

U.N. peacekeepers and Lebanese soldiers take part in a drill at a military camp in Deir Kifa, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. Security Council has voted unanimously to extend the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon for another year, saying the situation there remains a threat to international peace and security.

The council expressed “deep concern” at violations of the 2006 resolution that ended the war between Israel and Hezbollah.

The resolution adopted Thursday by the council extends the force’s mandate until Aug. 31, 2013.

The force has an authorized strength of 15,000 troops. The U.N. says 11,530 troops were on the ground at the end of July.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 31, 2012, on page 1.




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