Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Draft UNSC resolution on Lebanon Aug 5, 2006

Saturday, August 5, 2006; 12:31 PM

The Security Council,

PP1. Recalling all its previous resolutions on Lebanon, in particular
resolutions 425 (1978), 426 (1978), 520 (1982), 1559 (2004), 1655 (2006) and
1680 (2006), as well as the statements of its President on the situation in
Lebanon, in particular the statements of 18 June 2000 (S/PRST/2000/21), of
19 October 2004 (S/PRST/2004/36), of 4 May 2005 (S/PRST/2005/17) of 23
January 2006 (S/PRST/2006/3) and of 30 July 2006 (S/PRST/2006/35),

PP2. Expressing its utmost concern at the continuing escalation of
hostilities in Lebanon and in Israel since Hizbollah's attack on Israel on
12 July 2006, which has already caused hundreds of deaths and injuries on
both sides, extensive damage to civilian infrastructure and hundreds of
thousands of internally displaced persons,

PP3. Emphasizing the need for an end of violence, but at the same time
emphasizing the need to address urgently the causes that have given rise to
the current crisis, including by the unconditional release of the abducted
Israeli soldiers,

PP4: Mindful of the sensitivity of the issue of prisoners and encouraging
the efforts aimed at settling the issue of the Lebanese prisoners detained
in Israel,

OP1. Calls for a full cessation of hostilities based upon, in particular,
the immediate cessation by Hizbollah of all attacks and the immediate
cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations;

OP2. Reiterates its strong support for full respect for the Blue Line;

OP3. Also reiterates its strong support for the territorial integrity,
sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon within its internationally
recognized borders, as contemplated by the Israeli-Lebanese General
Armistice Agreement of 23 March 1949;

OP4. Calls on the international community to take immediate steps to extend
its financial and humanitarian assistance to the Lebanese people, including
through facilitating the safe return of displaced persons and, under the
authority of the Government of Lebanon, reopening airports and harbours for
verifiably and purely civilian purposes, and calls on it also to consider
further assistance in the future to contribute to the reconstruction and
development of Lebanon;

OP5. Emphasizes the importance of the extension of the control of the
Government of Lebanon over all Lebanese territory in accordance with the
provisions of resolution 1559 (2004) and resolution 1680 (2006), and of the
relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, for it to exercise its full
sovereignty and authority;

OP6. Calls for Israel and Lebanon to support a permanent ceasefire and a
long-term solution based on the following principles and elements:

- strict respect by all parties for the sovereignty and territorial
integrity of Israel and Lebanon;

- full respect for the Blue Line by both parties;

- delineation of the international borders of Lebanon, especially in those
areas where the border is disputed or uncertain, including in the Shebaa
farms area;

- security arrangements to prevent the resumption of hostilities, including
the establishment between the Blue Line and the Litani river of an area free
of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Lebanese
armed and security forces and of UN mandated international forces deployed
in this area;

- full implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords and of
resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1680 (2006) that require the disarmament of all
armed groups in Lebanon, so that, pursuant to the Lebanese cabinet decision
of July 27, 2006, there will be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other
than that of the Lebanese state;

- deployment of an international force in Lebanon, consistent with paragraph
10 below;

- establishment of an international embargo on the sale or supply of arms
and related material to Lebanon except as authorized by its government;

- elimination of foreign forces in Lebanon without the consent of its

- provision to the United Nations of remaining maps of land mines in Lebanon
in Israel's possession;

OP7. Invites the Secretary General to support efforts to secure agreements
in principle from the Government of Lebanon and the Government of Israel to
the principles and elements for a long-term solution as set forth in
paragraph 6 above;

OP8. Requests the Secretary General to develop, in liaison with key
international actors and the concerned parties, proposals to implement the
relevant provisions of the Taif Accords, and of resolutions 1559 (2004) and
1680 (2006), including disarmament, and for delineation of the international
borders of Lebanon, especially in those areas where the border is disputed
or uncertain, including by dealing with the Shebaa farms, and to present
those proposals to the Security Council within thirty days;

OP9. Calls on all parties to cooperate during this period with the Security
Council and to refrain from any action contrary to paragraph 1 above that
might adversely affect the search for a long-term solution, humanitarian
access to civilian populations, or the safe return of displaced persons, and
requests the Secretary General to keep the Council informed in this regard;

OP10. Expresses its intention, upon confirmation to the Security Council
that the Government of Lebanon and the Government of Israel have agreed in
principle to the principles and elements for a long-term solution as set
forth in paragraph 6 above, and subject to their approval, to authorize in a
further resolution under Chapter VII of the Charter the deployment of a UN
mandated international force to support the Lebanese armed forces and
government in providing a secure environment and contribute to the
implementation of a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution;

OP11. Requests UNIFIL, upon cessation of hostilities, to monitor its
implementation and to extend its assistance to help ensure humanitarian
access to civilian populations and the safe return of displaced persons;

OP12. Calls upon the Government of Lebanon to ensure arms or related
materiel are not imported into Lebanon without its consent and requests
UNIFIL, conditions permitting, to assist the Government of Lebanon at its

OP13. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council within one
week on the implementation of this resolution and to provide any relevant
information in light of the Council's intention to adopt, consistent with
paragraph 10 above, a further resolution;

OP14. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.