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United Nations Security Council Resolution 1553 – Middle East

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1553 – Middle East

Resolution 1553 (2004)

The Security Council,

Recalling all its previous resolutions on Lebanon, in particular resolutions 425(1978) and 426 (1978) of 19 March 1978 and 1525 (2004) of 30 January 2004 as well as the statements of its President on the situation in Lebanon, in particular the statement of 18 June 2000 (S/PRST/2000/21),

Recalling further the letter from its President to the Secretary-General of 18 May 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Recalling also the Secretary-General’s conclusion that, as of 16 June 2000,Israel had withdrawn its forces from Lebanon in accordance with resolution 425(1978) and met the requirements defined in the Secretary-General’s report of 22 May 2000 (S/2000/460), as well as the Secretary-General’s conclusion that theUnited Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) had essentially completed two of the three parts of its mandate, focusing now on the remaining task of restoring international 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 to extend the mandate of UNIFIL for a new period of six months presented in the letter from its Permanent Representative to the United Nations of 9 July 2004 to the Secretary-General (S/2004/560),

Expressing its concern over the tensions and potential for escalation as notedin the Secretary-General’s report of 21 July 2004 (S/2004/572),

  1. Endorses the report of the Secretary-General on UNIFIL of 21 July 2004(S/2004/572), and in particular its recommendation to renew the mandate of UNIFIL for a further period of six months;
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2. Decides to extend the present mandate until 31 January 2005;

3. Reiterates its strong support for the territorial integrity, sovereignty andpolitical independence of Lebanon within its internationally recognized boundaries;

4. Encourages the Government of Lebanon to continue efforts to ensure the return of its effective authority throughout the south, including the deployment of Lebanese armed forces, stresses the importance of the Government of Lebanon continuing 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. Calls on the parties to ensure UNIFIL is accorded full freedom of movement in the discharge of its mandate throughout its area of operation as outlined in the Secretary-General’s report;

6. Reiterates its call on the parties to continue to fulfil the commitments they have given to respect fully the withdrawal line identified by the United Nations, 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 seriousbreaches 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 theobligation to respect the safety of the UNIFIL and other United Nations personnel;

8. Supports the continued efforts of UNIFIL to maintain the ceasefire along the 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 successful completion of Operation Emirates Solidarity noted by the Secretary-General in his report, encourages further assistance in mine action by the United Nations to the Government of Lebanon in support of both the continued development of its national mine action capacity and emergency demining activitiesin the south, commends donor countries for supporting these efforts throughfinancial and in kind contributions and encourages further internationalcontributions, takes note of the communication to the Government of Lebanon andUNIFIL of maps and information on the location of mines and stresses the necessity to provide the Government of Lebanon and UNIFIL with any additional maps and records on the location 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 resolutions 242 (1967) of 22 November 1967 and 338 (1973) of22 October 1973.

Adopted by the Security Council at its 5012th meeting,on 29 July 2004.

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