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UN probe into murder of former Lebanese leader nears sensitive stage – inquiry chief

The head of the United Nations probe into last year’s assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri told the Security Council that his investigation into the deadly explosion and 14 other bombings is “approaching a sensitive and complicated phase.”

Lebanon: UN peacekeeping force tops 11,000

The enhanced United Nations peacekeeping force sent to Lebanon this summer to monitor the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah now totals surpasses 11,000 troops from 23 countries, less than 4,000 below its mandated maximum strength.

Noting progress in Lebanon, Security Council warns of threats and challenges

Welcoming the progress so far in implementing and monitoring the cessation of hostilities in southern Lebanon, the Security Council today voiced concern at reports of illegal movements of arms into the country, Israeli violations of Lebanese air space and the continuing presence of “very high numbers of unexploded ordnance” in the affected area.

Lebanon: UN commander holds more talks on securing final Israeli withdrawal

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon today held yet further “productive” talks with senior Lebanese and Israeli officers aimed at securing Israel’s full withdrawal from the last position it occupies in the south of the country after the war with Hizbollah earlier this year.

Lebanon's security has stabilized but Israeli overflights continue, Annan reports

Security in Lebanon has stabilized in recent months but Israeli overflights continue, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest update on the United Nations Interim Force in the country (UNIFIL), where arms caches have also been discovered in the peacekeeping mission’s area of operation.

Lebanon: UN peacekeeping force reaches 10,500

The enhanced United Nations peacekeeping force sent to Lebanon this summer to monitor the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah now totals 10,500 troops from 21 countries, 4,500 below its mandated maximum strength, with additional personnel arriving from Indonesia, Portugal and Italy.

Lebanon: UN de-miners hurt as agricultural damage from conflict hits $280 million

Several United Nations de-miners working in Lebanon have been injured over the past several days, while a UN agency today estimated that the agricultural damage from the 34-day conflict between Hizbollah and Israel has reached $280 million.

Senior UN official appeals to Lebanese leaders for calm after minister’s murder

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative for Lebanon, Geir Pedersen, met with the country’s senior leaders today to call for calm following the assassination of Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel.

Security Council, Annan condemn assassination of Lebanese Government minister

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Security Council expressed shock and condemnation today at the assassination of Lebanon’s Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, calling for restraint from all sides and urging national unity.

Security Council backs special tribunal for Lebanon to deal with Hariri assassination

The Security Council today gave its support to the establishment of a special tribunal to try those alleged responsible for last year’s assassination of then Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri and 22 others in a massive car bombing in Beirut.