HL Deb 21 July 1982 vol 433 c961WA
Lord Brockway

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will support the proposal to increase the strength and extend the functions of the United Nations peace-keeping force in the Lebanon; and whether they will state the conclusions of the meeting of the UN Security Council on 10th July on the subject of Lebanon.

Lord Belstead

The present mandate for the United Nations interim forces in Lebanon expires on 19th August. There are at present no firm proposals on future United Nations peace-keeping operations in the Lebanon, but the Government accepts that a strengthened United Nations peacekeeping force may have a part to play in the reconstruction of Lebanon. There was no meeting of the Security Council on 10th July. On 4th July the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 513 which called on Israel to respect the rights of the civilian population in South Lebanon and West Beirut, and for the restoration of vital facilities to Beirut. But we are not aware of any discussions about the United Nations interim forces in the Lebanon in the Council since Security Council Resolution 511 was passed on 18th June.