UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to extend the mandate for the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon for another year amid heightened border tensions.
The 15-member Security Council in Resolution 1884 welcomed "the expansion of coordinated activities between UNIFIL and the Lebanese armed forces and encourages further enhancement of this cooperation."
UNIFIL, one of the oldest acting U.N. peacekeeping forces, was established in 1978 to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanese territory and to help Lebanon secure peace in the region.
The renewal comes amid heightened tensions along the shared border. Gabriela Shalev, the U.N. representative for Israel, welcomed the renewal of the mandate, but complained recent Hezbollah activity along the border constituted a "blunt violation" of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701.
Resolution 1701 expanded the role of UNIFIL through a U.N.-brokered cease-fire that ended the 34-day conflict in 2006 between Israel and 2006.
Lebanese envoy Nawaf Salam, for his part, complained that Resolution 1701 had not been fully implemented, citing Israeli spy networks in Lebanon and "daily" violations of Lebanese airspace.
The text of Resolution 1884 calls on all parties to the border hostilities to "abide scrupulously" by their international obligations.