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31 October 1986
NOTE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
After consultations among members of the Security Council, the President of the Council made the following statement on behalf of the Council at the 2719th meeting of the Security Council on 31 October 1986, in connection with the Council's consideration of the item entitled "The situation in the Middle East":
"The members of the Security Council have noted with appreciation the report (S/18396 and Corr.1) submitted by the Secretary-General in conformity with Security Council resolution 587 (1986) requesting him to take any further measures needed to enhance the security of the men of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and to make the necessary arrangements for a deployment of the Force to the southern border of Lebanon
"They express their gravest concern that the basic objectives of Security Council resolution 425 (1978) have not yet been achieved.
"The members of the Council take note of the consultations initiated by the Secretary-General with the parties concerned and others with a s efforts to expedite the reimbursement of the advances of funds made by the contributor countries.
"They note with interest the instructions given by the Secretary-General to the Commander of UNIFIL to keep under continuous review all the possibilities of varying the size and deployment of contingents if that would strengthen their security without jeopardizing the effectiveness of the Force. They request the Secretary-General to study these possibilities in consultation with the contributing countries and to put appropriate measures into effect.
"In that regard, they have noted with satisfaction the intention expressed by the Lebanese authorities to deploy a regular unit of their army in the UNIFIL zone to work in close liaison with the Force in accordance with the provisions of resolution 425 (1978).
"Once again, the members of the Security Council urge all the parties concerned to give full support to the Force in the fulfilment of its mandate and also call for an end to any military presence in southern Lebanon which is not accepted by the Lebanese authorities. They call on the Secretary-General to intensify his efforts to secure the full and affective implementation of resolution 425 (1978)."