United Nations Special Coordinator Derek Plumbly paid a visit on Thursday to southern Lebanon, where he praised the implementation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1701.Could there be a reason that Plumbly did not mention Hezbollah by name for cooperating with Resolution 1701?
He said: “The strong cooperation that exists between UNIFIL, the Lebanese army and the local population is key to its success.”
“The implementation of the resolution since 2006 has made possible unprecedented calm in south Lebanon,” he added.
Maybe because a key provision of Resolution 1701 called for Hezbollah to be disarmed:
- Disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon (implying Hezbollah)
- No armed forces other than UNIFIL and Lebanese (implying Hezbollah and Israeli forces) will be south of the Litani River
- Is Hezbollah Rearming?
Council on Foreign Relations, October 19, 2006
Even as the Israeli Defense Forces backed out of Lebanon this month, in accordance with an August 11 UN-brokered ceasefire agreement, there were murmurings that Hezbollah might not be honoring its end of the bargain. Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the monthlong conflict this summer, called for the group to disarm and for an immediate cessation of weapons shipments from Syria and Iran—terms which Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, nominally accepted at the time of the agreement.
- Hezbollah Rearms and Bides Its Time
US News & World Report
December 6, 2007
There is a good reason why the Lebanese Shiite movement, designated a terrorist group by the United States, wants to avoid prying eyes. Hezbollah, by various accounts, is establishing new bunkers, arms caches, and other military positions, replacing those it lost a few miles to the south after the 2006 war with Israel.
- Hezbollah rearms
April 25, 2008
While world attention is focused on the fighting between Israel and the Hamas regime in Gaza, Hezbollah has quietly been rebuilding its military arsenal in Lebanon, much of which was destroyed in the terror group’s 2006 war with Israel. Last month U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon issued a report noting without rebuttal Israeli government claims that Hezbollah continues to rearm and has an arsenal containing 10,000 long-range rockets and 20,000 short-range rockets in Southern Lebanon. He also noted that Hezbollah has admitted smuggling weapons from Iran and Syria into Lebanon and expressed concern about threats of open war by the group’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah.
- Israel Sees Evidence of Hezbollah’s Rearming in Explosion
New York Times
July 15, 2009
Israel said Wednesday that a two-story building that held a Hezbollah arms cache exploded in a village in southern Lebanon a day earlier and that the arsenal was a violation of the United Nations resolution that brought an end to the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war.
- Iran Gives Weapons to Re-Arm Hezbollah, Pentagon Says
Bloomberg (cached copy)
April 20, 2010
Iran has provided weapons and as much as $200 million a year to help the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah re-arm itself to levels beyond those in 2006, when the group waged a war with Israel, the Pentagon said.
- Israel releases map of 1,000 Hezbollah sites
US News & World Report
March 31, 2011
The Israeli military has released a map detailing what it says are nearly 1,000 underground bunkers, weapons storage facilities and monitoring sites built by the militant Hezbollah guerrillas in southern Lebanon.
- Hezbollah rejects call by U.N.'s Ban to disarm
January 14, 2012
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah dismissed on Saturday a United Nations call for his militant anti-Israel movement to disarm, saying it was determined to maintain a military capacity to defend Lebanon.
Hezbollah Activity in South Lebanon Since the 2nd Lebanon War
How lucky of Derek Plumbly to land such a plum job.
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