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3 October 1985
LETTER DATED 3 OCTOBER 1985 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF
LEBANON TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
I have the honour to inform you that the Government of Lebanon has decided to request the Security Council to extend the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which expires on 19 October 1985, for a further period of six months, on the basis of the terms defined in resolutions 425 (1978), 426 (1978) and the relevant resolutions and decisions of the Security Council.
I would like to emphasize to Your Excellency that my Government is convinced that despite the present circumstances in southern Lebanon, UNIFIL continues to be an important factor in providing stability, at the very time when increased and sustained efforts are still needed to allow UNIFIL to fully implement the mandate entrusted to it by the Security Council.
My Government wishes to take this opportunity to pay tribute and express its appreciation to UNIFIL and the troop-contributing countries for their efforts and their sacrifices for the cause of peace in Lebanon.
I should be most grateful to Your Excellency if you would bring this letter to the attention of the members of the Security Council. I would also request that this letter be circulated as a document of the Security Council.
) M. Rachid FAKHOURY