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Parliamentary questions
10 July 2013
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Ashton on behalf of the Commission

The HR/VP agrees with the assessment of the situation in Lebanon. Indeed Lebanon is the country most affected by the conflict in Syria. The EU has reiterated on several occasions the importance of preserving Lebanon's security, stability and independence.

The HR/VP agrees that full mandate of 15.000 Unifil troops should be fulfilled by the international community so as to ensure that its objectives are met. In this spirit, the HR/VP together with EU Member States in the UN Security Council is committed to renew the mandate for Unifil when the current mandate expires on 30 August 2013.

The HR/VP also agrees that support for the capabilities of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) is crucial to stabilise Lebanon and the region. Indeed the LAF are a key pillar of the security apparatus of Lebanon and is Unifil's key partner in Lebanon. However, while it is currently designed as a conventional military force its main role is in internal security. Moreover, the LAF is well respected and cross confessional in structure. For these reasons, individual EU Member States are already supporting the LAF and the EU is currently exploring ways to build up the capacities LAF (infrastructure, logistics and training).

OJ C 80 E, 19/03/2014
Last updated: 17 July 2013Legal notice