France on Wednesday welcomed the declaration adopted by the UN Security Council on Lebanon, describing it as a show of its "unanimous determination" to have resolution 1701 respected.
French foreign ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said during a press briefing that the "Security Council has once more shown its unanimous determination to ensure the implementation of resolution 1701 and its commitment in favor of Lebanon."
In its declaration, the security council said it was alarmed by information concerning arms trafficking along the border between Lebanon and Syria and urged Damascus to strengthen its border controls.Mattei said that France "fully supports the decision to send, in liaison with Lebanese authorities, an independent mission to assess border control mechanisms under the leadership of the UN Secretary General" Ban Ki-moon.
Commenting on persistent Israeli violation of Lebanon's airspace, Mattei maintained that France's position "remains unchanged, and it's important for this to be stopped."
"Furthermore, we would like to encourage tripartite discussions under the aegis of the United Nations' Interim Force ( UNIFIL), and call on Lebanese and Israeli authorities to proceed, within this framework, with the demarcation of the blue line on the ground in such a manner as to prevent any incidents," Mattei said.
Resolution 1701, which was adopted last August by the Security Council to end the war in southern Lebanon between Israel and the Lebanese Shiite movement of Hezbollah, prohibits "any sale or supply of weapons to Lebanon, expect those authorized by the Lebanese government."