Despite cease-fire, Lebanon still fragile

UNITED NATIONS, July 10 (UPI) -- The United Nations called the security situation in Lebanon fragile Wednesday despite a cease-fire with Israel that has remained intact.

Lynn Pascoe, U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs, briefed the U.N. Security Council on the implementation of Resolution 1701, which calls for Israel and Lebanon to enforce the blue line that separates the countries.


Additionally, the resolution calls for an increase in security efforts to curb arms smuggling and for Lebanon to dismantle armed militias in the country, the United Nations reported.

Pascoe noted that Israel and Hezbollah have adhered to the cease-fire since the end of their 2006 conflict. Despite the cessation of aggressions, security in Lebanon remains fragile as a result of recent fighting in Lebanon and clashes in Tripoli, among other tensions.

"While the cease-fire has been holding, there still is a lot of work there to do," Pascoe said in a statement.

"We would urge them to move as quickly as possible to fulfilling the requirements of the Doha agreement."

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