Amal: Against the “modification” of the role of UNIFIL

The political bureau of the Amal movement opposes the “modification” of UNIFIL’s mission by resolution 2560 of the UN Security Council. In a statement, the movement chaired by the head of Parliament Nabih Berry considers that the “mandate has been distorted” since the Blue Helmets no longer need to coordinate with the Lebanese army before patrolling in southern Lebanon. However, resolution 1701 voted on August 11, 2006 already authorized the freedom of movement of UN troops without consultation with the Lebanese army. In addition, the UNIFIL spokesman in Lebanon, Andrea Tenenti, assured Here Beirut on Friday that “their coordination missions are still carried out in coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces” and that “that has still not changed”.

With this communiqué, the Amal movement joins Hezbollah and the axis of the moumanaa in his diatribe against the mission of the Blue Helmets while the file of the delimitation of the maritime borders remains in suspense and that the secretary general of Hezbollah has threatened Israel with reprisals in the event of the extraction of oil from the Karish field. Amal nevertheless “renewed its commitment to Lebanon’s common position on the delimitation of maritime borders, insisting on the framework agreement and indirect negotiations”.

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The Amal movement also called in its press release to “react positively to the Iranian initiative to build power plants in Beirut and in South Lebanon”, considering “that this would be a first step to bring Lebanon out of obscurity by taking advantage of Iran’s fuel donation”. The Minister of Energy had announced that “this donation is made on the initiative of Hassan Nasrallah (General Secretary of Hezbollah), following a proposal made to this effect by (the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement) Gebran Bassil” in front of a Iranian delegation led by Ambassador Mojtaba Amani.

So far, outgoing Prime Minister Mikati is still reluctant to respond to this proposal, for various reasons, some of which are political in nature, linked in particular to sanctions and relations with the Gulf countries. While others are technical, in the sense that the Prime Minister-designate would prefer a source that would ensure the sustainability of Lebanon’s fuel supply. Walid Fayad indicated last week that a technical delegation should go to Tehran soon.

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Furthermore, Nabih Berry’s movement underlined “the need to form a government, despite time constraints” before the end of the presidential mandate which ends on 31st October next. He also criticized those “who are already talking about a constitutional vacuum instead of seeking solutions to the political impasse which threatens the institutions”. Finally, he insisted on the need for a “serious discussion concerning the draft budget” which must be debated on September 14, 15 and 16 in Parliament.

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Amal: Against the “modification” of the role of UNIFIL