Guterres also called for Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy militant and political group operating independently in Lebanon, to be disarmed.
“No progress was achieved with respect to the disarmament of armed groups. Hezbollah continued to acknowledge publicly that it maintains military capabilities,” Guterres said.
He pointed to a statement by Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, who said in December that his group had doubled the number of precision missiles aimed at Israel. Guterres added that Israel in November told the UNSC that Hezbollah had an arsenal of over 130,000 rockets, and military infrastructure.
The arms embargo against Hezbollah has not been effective, Guterres said, but added that the UN was “not in the position” to confirm allegations of arms transfers to Hezbollah.
The Lebanese government
, he said, had not responded to his request for information on the matter.
UNIFIL is tasked with monitoring the 2006 ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon that ended the Second Lebanon War, as codified in UNSC Resolution 1701.
Guterres said that Resolution 1701 stated very clearly that weapons transfers to non-state actors in Lebanon was a violation of the agreement.
As the UNSC spoke, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi was on a diplomatic mission to Europe, along with President Reuven Rivlin to help garner support against Hezbollah.
“Security-wise, the State of Lebanon is a prisoner of the Hezbollah terrorist organization,” Kohavi said.
“Hezbollah today has thousands of rockets and missiles that are set up right in the middle of Lebanon’s civilian population, intent on destroying Israel’s citizens,” Kochavi continued, adding that the IDF is well prepared to prevent that from happening.