Monday, February 09, 2009

Lebanon on the UNSC

Here's some news (or rumor), Naharnet reports on an article appearing today in its parent company's prestigious Arabic newspaper, An-Nahar:
The U.N. General Assembly will elect Lebanon as a non-permanent member of the Security Council in September, An Nahar daily reported Monday. It said Lebanon will serve a two-year term starting Jan. 1, 2010.
The move could be a prelude to positive developments on the diplomatic front, with:
  1. Israel's exiting PM, Ehud Olmert, signaling that Israel would be willing to cede the disputed Shebaa Farms area to a UNIFIL force with an expanded mandate;
  2. An Arab world eager to provide a successful counter-example to the Syrian-Iranian axis' doctrine of "victory" through death;
  3. A new US administration intent on pursuing positive diplomatic developments in the region - including Lebanon.
Of course, all this would be contingent on who wins the upcoming parliamentary elections. Either way, don't expect any miracles if Lebanon is elected to a non-permanent seat:
    An Nahar quoted diplomatic sources as saying that Lebanon's non-permanent member status will not help it in forcing Israel to implement Security Council resolutions on Lebanon, particularly resolutions 1595 and 1701.

    Article 27 of the U.N. Charter also states that a party to a dispute should abstain from voting on any draft resolution.

Lebanon was last a member of the UNSC from 1953-1954.

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