UN warns against threats to Lebanon amid Syria spillover

By REUTERS
August 30, 2012 19:52

 
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UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council warned on Thursday against attempts to threaten the security and stability of Lebanon amid outbursts of violence and escalating tensions in the country fueled by the 17-month conflict in neighboring Syria.

The warning was contained in a resolution unanimously passed by the council to renew a 11,500-strong UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL and based in a Hezbollah stronghold in the south to monitor a cessation of hostilities with Israel.

The resolution condemned "all attempts to threaten the security and stability of Lebanon, reaffirming its determination to ensure that no such acts of intimidation will prevent UNIFIL from implementing its mandate."

A roadside bomb wounded five French peacekeepers in southern Lebanon in December, one of several attacks on the UN force last year. France blamed Syria for the attack, saying it had acted through its Lebanese ally, powerful Shi'ite Muslim militant group Hezbollah.

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