UNIFIL commander: Israel violating UNSC Resolution 1701

Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Maj.-Gen. Claudio Graziano on Thursday accused Israel of violating UN Security Council Resolution 1701 that brought an end to the Second Lebanon War. In contrast, he said that the UN enjoyed excellent cooperation with Hizbullah and with the local Lebanese people. During a press conference at the United Nations headquarters n New York, Graziano cited the IAF forays over Lebanon and the dispute over the village of Ghajar. Graziano asserted that apart from UN troops, Lebanese soldiers and hunters, no one was armed south of the Litani River. He conceded that his soldiers were not trying to prevent weapons smuggling from Syria as demanded by the UNSC because the Lebanese government had not requested such action.