UN Envoy to Lebanon Says Ceasefire With Israel Holding Up 'Very Well'

Michael Williams says while Resolution 1701 that ended hostilities between IDF and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon being upheld, he has no way of knowing if Hezbollah has been receiving massive military aid.

The ceasefire imposed by the UN Security Council that ended the war in southern Lebanon in 2006 is holding up "very well," the UN special envoy for Lebanon said Thursday.

Resolution 1701 ended the hostilities between the Israeli Defense Forces and pro-Iranian Hezbollah forces in southern Lebanon, and called for the disarmament of groups there.

Israeli soldiers withdrawing from Lebanon at the end of the Second Lebanon War in 2006. A helmeted soldier in a military vehicle with machine guns is in the foreground of the photograph, The background is a blaze of bright-orange flames and of smoke.
Nir Kafri

Despite this, Michael Williams, a veteran British diplomat serving as the UN envoy, did not deny speculation that Hezbollah has been receiving massive military aid.

Williams said he had neither the mandate nor the capability to monitor the flow of weapons into southern Lebanon. He said if Hezbollah had received a quantity of missiles that can reach most Israeli cities, it would be a violation of the UN resolution. However, he said he has no way of proving it.

The borders between Lebanon and its neighbors are "porous," Williams said.

"There is a recognition that the end of hostilities is holding very well," he told reporters following a closed-door briefing of the UN Security Council on the implementation of Resolution 1701