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United Nations Security Council Resolution 1525 – Middle East

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1525 – Middle East

Resolution 1525 (2004)

The Security Council,

Recalling all its previous resolutions on Lebanon, in particular resolutions 425(1978) and 426 (1978) of 19 March 1978 and 1496 (2003) of 31 July 2003 as well asthe statements of its President on the situation in Lebanon, in particular thestatement of 18 June 2000 (S/PRST/2000/21),

Recalling further the letter from its President to the Secretary-General of 18May 2001 (S/2001/500),

Recalling also the Secretary-General’s conclusion that, as of 16 June 2000,Israel had withdrawn its forces from Lebanon in accordance with resolution 425(1978) and met the requirements defined in the Secretary-General’s report of 22May 2000 (S/2000/460), as well as the Secretary-General’s conclusion that UnitedNations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) had essentially completed two of thethree parts of its mandate, focusing now on the remaining task of restoringinternational peace and security,

Emphasizing the interim nature of UNIFIL,

Recalling its resolution 1308 (2000) of 17 July 2000,

Recalling also its resolution 1325 (2000) of 31 October 2000,

Recalling further the relevant principles contained in the Convention on theSafety of United Nations and Associated Personnel adopted on 9 December 1994,

Responding to the request of the Government of Lebanon, as stated in the letter from its Permanent Representative to the United Nations of 14 January 2004 to theSecretary-General (S/2004/35),

Expressing its concern over the tensions and potential for escalation as notedin the Secretary-General’s report of 20 January 2004 (S/2004/50),

  1. Y-General on UNIFIL of 20 January2004 (S/2004/50), and in particular its recommendation to renew the mandate ofUNIFIL for a further period of six months;
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2. Decides to extend the present mandate until 31 July 2004;

3. Encourages the territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon within its internationally recognized boundaries;

4. Encourages the Government of Lebanon to continue efforts to ensure thereturn of its effective authority throughout the south, including the deployment ofLebanese armed forces, stresses the importance of the Government of Lebanoncontinuing to extend these measures and calls on the Government of Lebanon to doits utmost to ensure a calm environment throughout the south, including along theBlue Line;

5. UNIFIL is accorded full freedom ofmovement in the discharge of its mandate throughout its area of operation asoutlined in the Secretary-General’s report;

6. Reiterates its call on the parties to continue to fulfil the commitmentsthey have given to respect fully the withdrawal line identified by the UnitedNations, as set out in the Secretary-General’s report of 16 June 2000 (S/2000/590),to exercise utmost restraint and to cooperate fully with the United Nations andUNIFIL;

7. Condemns all acts of violence, expresses great concern about the serious breaches and the sea, land and continuing air violations of the withdrawal line, andurges the parties to put an end to these violations, to refrain from any act orprovocation that could further escalate the tension and to abide scrupulously by theirobligation to respect the safety of UNIFIL and other United Nations personnel;

8. Supports the continued efforts of UNIFIL to maintain the ceasefire alongthe withdrawal line through mobile patrols and observation from fixed positions andthrough close contacts with the parties to correct violations, resolve incidents andprevent their escalation;

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9. Welcomes the continued contribution of UNIFIL to operational demining, applauds the progress in demining efforts noted by the Secretary-Generalin his report, encourages further assistance in mine action by the United Nations tothe Government of Lebanon in support of both the continued development of itsnational mine action capacity and emergency demining activities in the south,commends donor countries for supporting these efforts through financial and in-kind contributions and encourages further international contributions, takes note of the communication to the Government of Lebanon and UNIFIL of maps andi nformation on the location of mines and stresses the necessity to provide theGovernment of Lebanon and UNIFIL with any additional maps and records on thelocation of mines;

10. Requests the Secretary-General to continue consultations with the Government of Lebanon and other parties directly concerned on the implementation of this resolution and to report thereon to the Council before the end of the present mandate as well as on the activities of UNIFIL and the tasks presently carried out bythe United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO);

11. Looks forward to the early fulfilment of the mandate of UNIFIL;

12. Stresses the importance of, and the need to achieve, a comprehensive,just and lasting peace in the Middle East, based on all its relevant resolutions including its resolution 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 and 338 (1973) of 22October 1973.

Adopted by the Security Council at its 4907th meeting,on 30 January 2004.

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