Plea For Peacekeepers Watch

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Lebanon would like to reassert the plea of the UN for more peacekeepers to help us in Southern Lebanon. Any number of troops pledged, no matter how small will help to prevent further conflict in this region.
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Russia is currently considering participation in the U.N. peace keeping operation. We will make a decision based upon our strategic analysis currently in progress.
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Lebanon would greatly appreciate the contribution of Russian forces.
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Pakistan would also offer to send its troops. However, we are still recovering from the earthquake as well as the recent anti-terror arrests.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/5262490.stm
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Pakistan would also offer to send its troops. However, we are still recovering from the earthquake as well as the recent anti-terror arrests.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/5262490.stm
Lebanon understands Pakistan's situation and thanks them for their assurances, whilst offering our commiserations for your recent domestic issues.
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Lebanon understands Pakistan's situation and thanks them for their assurances, whilst offering our commiserations for your recent domestic issues.
Pakistan thanks Lebanon but we will offer any men and equipment we can spare, in these times of hardship and oppression, old ties have to be strengthened.
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Pakistan thanks Lebanon but we will offer any men and equipment we can spare, in these times of hardship and oppression, old ties have to be strengthened.
We greatly appreciate this pledge and will remember this in the future. Thank you.
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Australia already has several troops in the existing UN Truce Supervision Organisation force, which supports UNIFIL.

We are still considering the deployment of another small contingent to beef up our contribution to UNIFIL, but would like to stress that this will be a niche contribution because our troops are overstretched, and we have committed ourselves to other UN missions, including being the commander of the UN Mission in Timor Leste.

Other representatives can read the current make-up of UNIFIL forces here:
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/me....factbox.reut/
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The UK regrets its inability to deploy troops to Lebanon, mainly because we already have substantial resources tied up in other parts of the world especially Iraq and Afghanistan, where major operations are still ongoing.

We commend countries which have volunteered to send troops in the name of peace.

We would like to highlight Germany and Norway, which will be providing equally-important naval support to UNIFIL.
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there are currently only 50 military observers of UNTSO in Lebanon, and not all of them are Australian. Lebanon would greatly appreciate it if Australia could contribute more troops to maintaining peace in this region.
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(Original post by 6+6=6)
there are currently only 50 military observers of UNTSO in Lebanon, and not all of them are Australian. Lebanon would greatly appreciate it if Australia could contribute more troops to maintaining peace in this region.
Australia already has thousands of troops deployed in East Timor as a result of the recent unrest there... very few other countries have deployed a force there, except for Portugal, Malaysia, etc all of which have contributed only small representative members. Australia also has troops tied up in the Pacific Islands (supervising the smooth running of democracy and prevention of a coup) and in Afghanistan, where they are involved in the fight against terror. I'd say that their defence force is already being stretched thin, and it'd be unfair to further prod them into contributing more peacekeepers in Lebanon, especially when they already have 50 personnel deployed there as part of UNIFIL.
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Australia already has thousands of troops deployed in East Timor as a result of the recent unrest there... very few other countries have deployed a force there, except for Portugal, Malaysia, etc all of which have contributed only small representative members. Australia also has troops tied up in the Pacific Islands (supervising the smooth running of democracy and prevention of a coup) and in Afghanistan, where they are involved in the fight against terror. I'd say that their defence force is already being stretched thin, and it'd be unfair to further prod them into contributing more peacekeepers in Lebanon, especially when they already have 50 personnel deployed there as part of UNIFIL.
not 50, they make up part of the 50 military obervers. Lebanon understands all commitments of nations to maintaining peace around the world and that in doing so it results in military personnel being over stretched. As a result we recognise it is not always possible to spare a few more troops to solve the latest conflict. However, this will not stop us ASKING for nations, such as even Australia, to contribute to the 15,000 strong UN peacekeepoing force. We reiterate, that we are in no way forcing countries to pledge support, simply asking for help in this time of need and hoping that some of you will heed that call
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not 50, they make up part of the 50 military obervers. Lebanon understands all commitments of nations to maintaining peace around the world and that in doing so it results in military personnel being over stretched. As a result we recognise it is not always possible to spare a few more troops to solve the latest conflict. However, this will not stop us ASKING for nations, such as even Australia, to contribute to the 15,000 strong UN peacekeepoing force. We reiterate, that we are in no way forcing countries to pledge support, simply asking for help in this time of need and hoping that some of you will heed that call
Fair enough - i'm just stressing that there's no real need to pester nations which already have other defence commitments elsewhere, especially when support is pouring in from many other countries which have military resources available for deployment.
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Fair enough - i'm just stressing that there's no real need to pester nations which already have other defence commitments elsewhere, especially when support is pouring in from many other countries which have military resources available for deployment.
And yet still we havent reached the target of 15,000 troops. sorry if any nations representatives interpreted asking as pestering
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And yet still we havent reached the target of 15,000 troops. sorry if any nations representatives interpreted asking as pestering
The UK assures the Lebanese rep that we will do everything within our means to ensure that the UN-prescribed target is met.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/mid...st/5266688.stm

Pakistan is disgusted at the "naked violation" of the five-day-old ceasefire.
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Lebanon only hopes that Hezbollah see through this provocation nad maitain peace. We urge the Israelis to stop all military operations for fear of a return to the violence
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The international force planned for Lebanon
A U.N. Security Council resolution ending the month-long Israel-Hizbollah war authorises enforcement of a ceasefire by the deployment of as many as 13,000 more peacekeepers to bolster the 2,000-strong U.N. force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL.

Some countries have indicated they may contribute to the force. Commitments vary from firm promises to conditional offers to offers in principle, U.N. officials said. Here are details:

* AUSTRALIA - Considering contributing small group of troops.

* BANGLADESH - Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan says Bangladesh will commit peacekeepers only after examining U.N. terms of reference. Khan said it was not true that Bangladesh had committed 2,000 troops.

* BELGIUM - Defence Minister Andre Flahaut says there is a "very high likelihood" Belgium will contribute troops. Unlikely to make decision this week, wants to study operational context.

* BRITAIN - British diplomats say London is offering a naval frigate, two AWACS surveillance aircraft, six Jaguar reconnaissance planes and continued use of its Akrotiri military base in Cyprus as a staging point for getting forces and equipment in and out of Lebanon.

* BULGARIA - Bulgaria says its contribution depends on the mandate of the force and consultations with the U.N. A government source, who asked not to be named, said Bulgaria might send between 100 to 300 troops.

* BRUNEI - Prepared to send around 200 peacekeepers.

* CYPRUS - Offers to act as the transit hub.

* DENMARK - Has offered ships to patrol the Lebanese coast, U.N. diplomats say.

* EGYPT - Senior Egyptian officials say Cairo is not planning to contribute.

* FINLAND - Finland decided on August 18 to start preparations to send up to 250 men to Lebanon.

* FRANCE - President Jacques Chirac says France will provide 200 extra troops -- fewer than some U.N. officials had hoped for -- and that some 1,700 French troops positioned near Lebanon will be made available to the United Nations but will not be placed under U.N. control.

France already has some 200 troops in the existing, 2,000-strong UNIFIL and leads the operation.

* GERMANY - Germany has pledged humanitarian help and support in patrolling the Lebanese coast. It is also considering providing support for Lebanese police and customs agents. It has ruled out sending combat troops and said it will not provide police to patrol Lebanese-Syrian border.

* GREECE - Examining possibility of contributing.

* INDONESIA - Prepared to send 1,000 troops, including 150 engineers to help rebuild infrastructure. U.N. diplomats say it has offered one mechanised infantry battalion and an engineering company.

* ITALY - Ready to send between 2,000 and 3,000 troops. Defense Ministry Undersecretary Lorenzo Forcieri said they would be from all the armed services, including special forces, and Italy could have vice-command of the force.

Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema said the force will have "heavy weapons, armed vehicles, tanks, helicopters." Cabinet approved troops deployment on August 18.

* MALAYSIA - Wants to send peacekeepers despite Israel saying it might oppose the inclusion of nations with which it has no diplomatic ties.

It has said it will send 1,000 peacekeepers. U.N. diplomats say it has offered a mechanised battalion.

It will soon send an advance team of six to study logistics, Malaysian state news agency Bernama quoted Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak as saying.

* MOROCCO - May contribute but wants clearer idea of the force's mandate. Military source said last week Morocco could send between 1,500 and 2,000 troops.

* NEPAL - Has offered a mechanized battalion, U.N. diplomats say.

* NEW ZEALAND - Willing to take part but any contribution would be small because of existing troop commitments in East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

* NORWAY - Plans to send four motor torpedo boats and 100 soldiers to the peacekeeping mission.

* PAKISTAN - Considering Lebanese request to provide troops. Will provide only if all "parties in Lebanon" welcome them.

* PORTUGAL - Evaluating how it could contribute.

* SPAIN - Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is seeking the support of political leaders to send troops. Newspapers report Spain plans to send around 700 troops.

* TURKEY - Turkish news reports say Ankara may contribute as many as 5,000 troops to the force, though Foreign Ministry officials stress no final decision has been made and that much hinges on the force's rules of engagement.

* UNITED STATES - Washington is prepared to provide planning and logistic and other unspecified support, says Alejandro Wolff, U.S. deputy ambassador to the United Nations.
That's for the reference of member countries who are unsure of their country's stand on this matter. It's updated and current as of 5 minutes ago.

Source: Reuters
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there are currently only 50 military observers of UNTSO in Lebanon, and not all of them are Australian. Lebanon would greatly appreciate it if Australia could contribute more troops to maintaining peace in this region.
Maybe Lebanon could contribute to maintaining peace in the region by actually using its own armed forces to secure the south. Hezbollah have flourished under a weak government.

Before Lebanon demands the blood of other nations is shed in defence of its soil, perhaps it should show willign to shed some of its own military blood.
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