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Resolution 1553

The situation in the Middle East


S/RES/1553 (2004)
Security Council Distr.: General
29 July 2004
04-44464 (E)
Resolution 1553 (2004)
Adopted by the Security Council at its 5012th meeting,
on 29 July 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Israel had withdrawn its forces from Lebanon in accordance with resolution 425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 the
United 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 the
Safety 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 noted
in 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;
2. Decides to extend the present mandate until 31 January 2005;
S/RES/1553 (2004)
3. Reiterates its strong support for 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 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 do
its utmost to ensure a calm environment throughout the south, including along the
Blue 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 and
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, and
urges the parties to put an end to these violations, to refrain from any act or
provocation that could further escalate the tension and to abide scrupulously by the
obligation 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 and
through close contacts with the parties to correct violations, resolve incidents and
prevent their escalation;
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 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 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 by
the 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) of
22 October 1973.

Lebanon, Middle East
The situation in the Middle East
Related with resolutions
242 338 425 426 1308 1325 1525
Quoted in resolutions
1559 1583
Security Council Composition