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In this context, Lebanon stresses the need and importance of the presence of UNIFIL without any change to its strength and its mandate as set out in resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978), especially in the light of the conditions prevailing in the area, to which you previously alluded and which have become, as you are aware, dangerous and fraught with grave implications.
Given the foregoing, it is my Government’s belief that any eventual reconfiguration of the Force would undermine the sense of security and safety and would hinder the full, effective and efficient implementation of its mandate.
Moreover, the Government of Lebanon wishes to emphasize that the deployment of UNIFIL exemplifies the commitment of the international community to the restoration of the full sovereignty and territorial integrity of Lebanon, as stipulated in resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978).
Lebanon hereby calls for the release of those who have for years been detained in Israeli prisons illegally and in defiance of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols. It urgently demands the removal of the thousands of mines, left in Lebanese territory by the Israeli occupation, which continue to bring death and injury to civilians and to restrict their freedom of activity and movement.
I take this opportunity to reaffirm Lebanon’s commitment to the peace process in the Middle East with a view to the achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region based on compliance with Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973) and the principle of land for peace, in accordance with the Madrid terms of reference.
The Lebanese Government also takes this opportunity to pay tribute to UNIFIL and to its commanders and soldiers, as well as to the troop-contributing countries, for their tireless efforts and the sacrifices they have made to implement the mandate of the Force.
Furthermore, the Government of Lebanon wishes to convey to you its appreciation for your tireless efforts, which contribute to the valuable presence of UNIFIL in southern Lebanon.
I should be grateful if you would have the text of the present letter circulated as a document of the Security Council.