The following Security Council press statement on Lebanon was read out today by Council President Johan Verbeke (Belgium):
The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the rocket attack launched against Israel from southern Lebanon on 17 June 2007, which constitutes a serious breach of the cessation of hostilities and a flagrant violation of resolution 1701 (2006).
The members of the Security Council noted the condemnation of this attack by the Government of Lebanon, and commended the determination and commitment of the Government of Lebanon to bring to justice the perpetrators of this attack.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their full support to the Lebanese Government and army in their efforts to ensure security and stability throughout Lebanon. They reiterated their call upon all parties concerned to respect the Blue Line in its entirety and to exercise utmost restraint, and underlined the need for full implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 (2006), including through the full support to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in carrying out its mandate.