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Resolution 1701

The situation in the Middle East


S/RES/1701 (2006)
Security Council Distr.: General
11 August 2006
06-46503 (E)
Resolution 1701 (2006)
Adopted by the Security Council at its 5511th meeting, on
11 August 2006
The Security Council,
Recalling all its previous resolutions on Lebanon, in particular resolutions 425
(1978), 426 (1978), 520 (1982), 1559 (2004), 1655 (2006) 1680 (2006) and 1697
(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),
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,
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,
Mindful of the sensitivity of the issue of prisoners and encouraging the efforts
aimed at urgently settling the issue of the Lebanese prisoners detained in Israel,
Welcoming the efforts of the Lebanese Prime Minister and the commitment of
the Government of Lebanon, in its seven-point plan, to extend its authority over its
territory, through its own legitimate armed forces, such that there will be no
weapons without the consent of the Government of Lebanon and no authority other
than that of the Government of Lebanon, welcoming also its commitment to a
United Nations force that is supplemented and enhanced in numbers, equipment,
mandate and scope of operation, and bearing in mind its request in this plan for an
immediate withdrawal of the Israeli forces from southern Lebanon,
Determined to act for this withdrawal to happen at the earliest,
Taking due note of the proposals made in the seven-point plan regarding the
Shebaa farms area,
Welcoming the unanimous decision by the Government of Lebanon on
7 August 2006 to deploy a Lebanese armed force of 15,000 troops in South Lebanon
as the Israeli army withdraws behind the Blue Line and to request the assistance of
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additional forces from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) as
needed, to facilitate the entry of the Lebanese armed forces into the region and to
restate its intention to strengthen the Lebanese armed forces with material as needed
to enable it to perform its duties,
Aware of its responsibilities to help secure a permanent ceasefire and a longterm
solution to the conflict,
Determining that the situation in Lebanon constitutes a threat to international
peace and security,
1. 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;
2. Upon full cessation of hostilities, calls upon the Government of Lebanon
and UNIFIL as authorized by paragraph 11 to deploy their forces together
throughout the South and calls upon the Government of Israel, as that deployment
begins, to withdraw all of its forces from southern Lebanon in parallel;
3. 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, so that there
will be no weapons without the consent of the Government of Lebanon and no
authority other than that of the Government of Lebanon;
4. Reiterates its strong support for full respect for the Blue Line;
5. Also reiterates its strong support, as recalled in all its previous relevant
resolutions, 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;
6. 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, consistent with
paragraphs 14 and 15, and calls on it also to consider further assistance in the future
to contribute to the reconstruction and development of Lebanon;
7. Affirms that all parties are responsible for ensuring that no action is taken
contrary to paragraph 1 that might adversely affect the search for a long-term
solution, humanitarian access to civilian populations, including safe passage for
humanitarian convoys, or the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons, and
calls on all parties to comply with this responsibility and to cooperate with the
Security Council;
8. Calls for Israel and Lebanon to support a permanent ceasefire and a longterm
solution based on the following principles and elements:
– full respect for the Blue Line by both parties;
– 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
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armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Government of
Lebanon and of UNIFIL as authorized in paragraph 11, 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
27 July 2006, there will be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that
of the Lebanese State;
– no foreign forces in Lebanon without the consent of its Government;
– no sales or supply of arms and related materiel to Lebanon except as
authorized by its Government;
– provision to the United Nations of all remaining maps of landmines in
Lebanon in Israel’s possession;
9. Invites the Secretary-General to support efforts to secure as soon as
possible 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 8, and expresses its intention to be actively involved;
10. Requests the Secretary-General to develop, in liaison with relevant
international actors and the concerned parties, proposals to implement the relevant
provisions of the Taif Accords, and 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 area, and to present to the Security Council those
proposals within thirty days;
11. Decides, in order to supplement and enhance the force in numbers,
equipment, mandate and scope of operations, to authorize an increase in the force
strength of UNIFIL to a maximum of 15,000 troops, and that the force shall, in
addition to carrying out its mandate under resolutions 425 and 426 (1978):
(a) Monitor the cessation of hostilities;
(b) Accompany and support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy
throughout the South, including along the Blue Line, as Israel withdraws its armed
forces from Lebanon as provided in paragraph 2;
(c) Coordinate its activities related to paragraph 11 (b) with the Government
of Lebanon and the Government of Israel;
(d) Extend its assistance to help ensure humanitarian access to civilian
populations and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons;
(e) Assist the Lebanese armed forces in taking steps towards the
establishment of the area as referred to in paragraph 8;
(f) Assist the Government of Lebanon, at its request, to implement
paragraph 14;
12. Acting in support of a request from the Government of Lebanon to
deploy an international force to assist it to exercise its authority throughout the
territory, authorizes UNIFIL to take all necessary action in areas of deployment of
its forces and as it deems within its capabilities, to ensure that its area of operations
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is not utilized for hostile activities of any kind, to resist attempts by forceful means
to prevent it from discharging its duties under the mandate of the Security Council,
and to protect United Nations personnel, facilities, installations and equipment,
ensure the security and freedom of movement of United Nations personnel,
humanitarian workers and, without prejudice to the responsibility of the
Government of Lebanon, to protect civilians under imminent threat of physical
13. Requests the Secretary-General urgently to put in place measures to
ensure UNIFIL is able to carry out the functions envisaged in this resolution, urges
Member States to consider making appropriate contributions to UNIFIL and to
respond positively to requests for assistance from the Force, and expresses its strong
appreciation to those who have contributed to UNIFIL in the past;
14. Calls upon the Government of Lebanon to secure its borders and other
entry points to prevent the entry in Lebanon without its consent of arms or related
materiel and requests UNIFIL as authorized in paragraph 11 to assist the
Government of Lebanon at its request;
15. Decides further that all States shall take the necessary measures to
prevent, by their nationals or from their territories or using their flag vessels or
(a) The sale or supply to any entity or individual in Lebanon of arms and
related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles
and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned,
whether or not originating in their territories; and
(b) The provision to any entity or individual in Lebanon of any technical
training or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of
the items listed in subparagraph (a) above;
except that these prohibitions shall not apply to arms, related material, training or
assistance authorized by the Government of Lebanon or by UNIFIL as authorized in
paragraph 11;
16. Decides to extend the mandate of UNIFIL until 31 August 2007, and
expresses its intention to consider in a later resolution further enhancements to the
mandate and other steps to contribute to the implementation of a permanent
ceasefire and a long-term solution;
17. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council within one week
on the implementation of this resolution and subsequently on a regular basis;
18. 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, 338 (1973) of
22 October 1973 and 1515 (2003) of 19 November 2003;
19. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

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