Sarkozy warns Lebanon: France may reconsider UNIFIL participation

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the Lebanese president and prime minister that France “may reconsider its participation in UNIFIL” if it is attacked again.

He was referring to the roadside bombing attack in the southern city of Saida (Sidon) last month which resulted in the wounding of three French UNIFIL soldiers .

In a letter sent to President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati on August 3 and published on the French Embassy in Beirut’s website Sarkozy said :

“The attack against French soldiers in UNIFIL on 26 July is unacceptable. I wish to remind you that UNIFIL has been present in Lebanon at the request of the Lebanese Government since 1978 and France intends to continue to demonstrate its commitment to Lebanese sovereignty and its friendship for your country. It expects in return that the Lebanese authorities fulfill their obligations, including those they have accepted under Resolution 1701 by guaranteeing freedom of movement of the UNIFIL Force.”

Sarkozy warned: “if the July 26 attack gets repeated ,” he will look into whether France can justify keeping its troops to confront threats which “the host country is not dealing with as it should.”

“It is important that measures are taken quickly to guarantee security,” Sarkozy concluded , adding that France is ready to improve its cooperation with the Lebanese army.

Here is the letter in French as published by the French embassy website in Beirut 15 days after it was sent

Lettre en date du 3 août 2011 adressée par Monsieur Nicolas SARKOZY, Président de la République à Son Excellence le Général Michel SLEIMAN, Président de la République libanaise et à Son Excellence Monsieur Najib MIKATI, Président libanais du Conseil des Ministres.

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Paris, le 3 août 2011‎

Monsieur le Président, ‎

La résolution 1701, adoptée à l’unanimité par le Conseil de ‎sécurité le 11 août 2006, avait pour objectif la restauration de la ‎souveraineté libanaise sur l’ensemble du territoire, matérialisée par le ‎retour des Forces armées libanaises (FAL) au Sud Liban. Dans ce ‎contexte, la FINUL avait notamment reçu pour mandat ‎d’accompagner le déploiement des FAL au sud du Litani. ‎

Depuis lors, des mesures significatives ont été prises pour ‎mettre en œuvre cette résolution : les FAL sont revenues au Liban sud, ‎symbolisant la progression vers une restauration de l’autorité de l’Etat ‎dans cette région ; l’an dernier, une brigade supplémentaire a été ‎déployée et une force de réaction rapide a été mise en place, en miroir ‎de celle de la FINUL. ‎

La France s’est réjoui de ces efforts et encourage leur ‎poursuite dans le sens d’un renforcement de la présence de l’armée ‎libanaise au Liban sud. Le renouvellement du mandat de la FINUL par ‎le Conseil de sécurité à la fin de ce mois sera l’occasion d’en ‎souligner l’importance. Conformément à la résolution 1701 et du ‎caractère intérimaire de la force des Nations unies, notre objectif doit ‎bien être à terme que les FAL assurent l’ensemble des fonctions ‎actuellement assurées par la FINUL. ‎

C’est également dans cet esprit que la France a fait part de ‎sa disponibilité pour renforcer sa coopération avec les FAL, à titre ‎bilatéral, à travers son contingent au sein de la FINUL ou en suggérant ‎des financements de l’Union européenne pour la construction de ‎casernements. Il est en conséquence important d’accélérer le dialogue ‎stratégique FAL/FINUL et de tout mettre en œuvre pour permettre à ‎l’armée libanaise d’assurer une présence plus importante au sud. ‎

Dans ce contexte, les entraves régulières à la liberté de ‎mouvement de la FINUL et l’attentat perpétré contre des soldats ‎français de la FINUL le 26 juillet dernier sont particulièrement ‎inacceptables. Sensible aux gestes de sympathie manifestés par les ‎plus hautes autorités de l’Etat libanais, je souhaite rappeler ‎solennellement que la FINUL est présente au Liban à la demande du ‎Gouvernement libanais, qui en demande au Conseil de sécurité le ‎renouvellement du mandat avant chaque échéance. Présente sans ‎discontinuer dans la FINUL depuis 1978, la France entend ainsi ‎témoigner de son attachement à la souveraineté libanaise et de son ‎amitié pour votre pays. Elle attend en retour que les Autorités ‎libanaises remplissent leurs obligations, notamment celles qu’elles ont ‎acceptées au titre de la résolution 1701 et qui prévoient la garantie de ‎libre circulation de la Force. ‎

J’avais eu l’occasion d’appeler l’attention des Autorités ‎libanaises après les incidents de juin et juillet 2010, qui avaient déjà ‎visé des éléments français de la FINUL. ‎

L’attaque du 26 juillet 2011, si elle devait se renouveler, ne ‎pourrait que poser la question de la justification pour la France de ‎maintenir ses soldats face à des risques qui ne seraient pas traités ‎comme ils devraient l’être par le pays d’accueil. Il est en conséquence ‎essentiel que des actions rapides de sécurisation soient prises, ‎notamment sur l’axe de communication nord-sud. ‎

Les liens anciens et particulièrement amicaux qui existent ‎entre la France et le Liban nous engagent mutuellement. Je suis ‎comme vous profondément attaché à leur maintien et à leur ‎développement. C’est pourquoi je vous remercie par avance des ‎mesures que les Autorités libanaises, au nom de tous les Libanais, ‎voudront bien examiner et de mettre en œuvre pour que la France ‎puisse continuer de mener dans votre pays la mission qu’elle remplit à ‎la demande du Conseil de sécurité et du Liban. ‎

Je vous prie d’agréer, Monsieur le Président, l’expression de ‎ma haute considération. ‎

Nicolas Sarkozy ‎

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French Embassy

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58 responses to “Sarkozy warns Lebanon: France may reconsider UNIFIL participation”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    The problem is, the Lebanese gov’t of 1978 wanted peace to happen and stay, as well as to maintain their southern border. The one of 2011 wants UNIFIL out of the way so it can have it’s glorious ‘defence’ day.
      1701 has not been fully implemented yet because of Hezzbolla’s refusal to lay down the weapons. If the world-contributors to UNIFIL become tired of losing their people who are trying to keep peace and a border-zone intact, (in this silly situation much like Darfur) then as Sarkosy says, Lebanon shall have it’s ‘freedom’ from them.
    And considering world economics, funding UN ‘peace-keeping’ everywhere is becoming a problem anyway. If not wanted, they will go.

    1. leobetapar Avatar
      leobetapar

      hezbollah will lay down the weapons and i swear any weapon the day the zioniste state will be fully desarmed

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar
        5thDrawer

        And we DO know what will happen to Israel then, don’t we? The 1701 didn’t mention your last part there, leo … but it has nothing to do with attacking UNIFIL.

        1. leobetapar Avatar
          leobetapar

          occident is dying america bankroute france the same
          the heretique will go back from where they came europe
          and palestine will be free ,the time of a two state solution (:this time have existed) is over too late baby

      2. You need either Google translate or spell checker cause you are impossible. Besides being a racist pro murder hater,your comments completely lack comprehension. If you want to be evil that’s fine, just learn to spell first.
        If zu don thems awzfulll joooos will come ak47 yoz ind a night ok?

        1.  i cant understand  him either and he does not like me because i am black,leo the racist the gift that keeps on giving,lol

        2. leobetapar Avatar
          leobetapar

          for geo i don’t thing you are more black than me
          i like you i don’t like the traitor in you

        3. leobetapar Avatar
          leobetapar

          so you menaced me ok i will take way you haven’t imagine Look at your well being from now

        4. 7akibalash Avatar
          7akibalash

          “If zu don thems awzfulll joooos will come ak47 yoz ind a night ok?” hahahah are you sure you didnt copy and paste that one from one of his comments?

        5. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          One for Leo … 😉

          Spell Checker
          I halve a spelling checker, 
          It came with my pea see. 
          It plainly marks four my revue 
          Mistakes I dew knot sea.

          Eye strike a key and type a word 
          And weight four it two say 
          Weather eye am wrong oar write 
          It shows me strait aweigh.

          As soon as a mist ache is maid 
          It nose bee fore two long 
          And eye can put the era rite 
          Its rarely ever wrong.

          I’ve scent this massage threw it,
           And I’m shore your pleased too no
           Its letter prefect in every weigh;
           My checker tolled me sew.

      3. master09 Avatar

        Your making a joke YES. I want to ask you a question why did Isreal attack go into Lebanon in the first place.
        Please tell me the facts not your side of the story because I know you tell good story, but thats all nothing fact.

        You promise SHITralla will put the weapons down if Isreal yes Isreal i like the way that rolls of the tung put the weapon down. Did you speak to them and thats what they told you.  GOOD WORK  I will get some money now yes.
        They will stick the weapon up shitrallas ass.

        1. leobetapar Avatar
          leobetapar

          not the side of anyone if it’s not the side of history :it’s just what happen
          are you used to insult people like that it’s simply deplorable

        2. leobetapar Avatar
          leobetapar

          you fanzy of the zioniaste know that what happens in the Sinai is just the beginning of the end of shitrael

      4. 7akibalash Avatar
        7akibalash

        and lets say israel disarms(which is a pipe dream that only retards like you can dream up) then we will find you here calling for the US and the whole west to disarm too before hizbilkhara gave up their illigetimate weapons..
        btw, learn some english you mental midget, your sentences are incomprehensible and at times you mix french with english, starting to remind me of Mr Loughat.(from la youmal).

        1. leobetapar Avatar
          leobetapar

          i don’t write for you i am interested only by people who can exchange without insult

      5. 7akibalash Avatar
        7akibalash

        “i don’t write for you i am interested only by people who can exchange without insult”
        here’s your first english lesson:
        “I dont write for you” should be = I am not commenting to you
        then you need a coma
        “i am interested only by people” should be = I am only interested in people
        “who can exchange without insult” that one is gramatically correct but makes no sense at all, what exactly are these people, whom you are interested in, exchanging?
        your comment should be as follows: I am not commenting to you, I am only interested in people who can converse without being insulting.

        you owe me 150 dollars for teaching you some english, use that money to get a psychiatric evaluation.

        1. leobetapar Avatar
          leobetapar

          waoh and after english is not language of my mother not of my father and as long i am understandable it’s ok
          The salafiste everywhere in Syria are defeated and put in jail that’s the great things AVE Assad Do you tech Latin?

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Dominus Wobiscum, Leo … Dominus Wobiscum … 🙂
           Et .. si vous desire a ecrivez en Francaise, peut-etre les amis ici can figure it out un peu … mais, les tets ne sont gonna changement 😉
          E Pluribus Unum.

  2.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    The problem is, the Lebanese gov’t of 1978 wanted peace to happen and stay, as well as to maintain their southern border. The one of 2011 wants UNIFIL out of the way so it can have it’s glorious ‘defence’ day.
      1701 has not been fully implemented yet because of Hezzbolla’s refusal to lay down the weapons. If the world-contributors to UNIFIL become tired of losing their people who are trying to keep peace and a border-zone intact, (in this silly situation much like Darfur) then as Sarkosy says, Lebanon shall have it’s ‘freedom’ from them.

    1.  Avatar
      Anonymous

      hezbollah will lay down the weapons and i swear any weapon the day the zioniste state will be fully desarmed

      1.  Avatar
        Anonymous

        And we DO know what will happen to Israel then, don’t we? The 1701 didn’t mention your last part there, leo … but it has nothing to do with attacking UNIFIL.

        1.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          occident is dying america bankroute france the same
          the heretique will go back from where they came europe
          and palestine will be free ,the time of a two state solution (:this time have existed) is over too late baby

      2. You need either Google translate or spell checker cause you are impossible. Besides being a racist pro murder hater,your comments completely lack comprehension. If you want to be evil that’s fine, just learn to spell first.
        If zu don thems awzfulll joooos will come ak47 yoz ind a night ok?

        1.  i cant understand  him either and he does not like me because i am black,leo the racist the gift that keeps on giving,lol

        2.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          for geo i don’t thing you are more black than me
          i like you i don’t like the traitor in you

        3.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          for geo i don’t thing you are more black than me
          i like you i don’t like the traitor in you

        4.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          so you menaced me ok i will take way you haven’t imagine Look at your well being from now

        5.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          “If zu don thems awzfulll joooos will come ak47 yoz ind a night ok?” hahahah are you sure you didnt copy and paste that one from one of his comments?

        6.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          One for Leo … 😉

          Spell Checker
          I halve a spelling checker, 
          It came with my pea see. 
          It plainly marks four my revue 
          Mistakes I dew knot sea.

          Eye strike a key and type a word 
          And weight four it two say 
          Weather eye am wrong oar write 
          It shows me strait aweigh.

          As soon as a mist ache is maid 
          It nose bee fore two long 
          And eye can put the era rite 
          Its rarely ever wrong.

          I’ve scent this massage threw it,
           And I’m shore your pleased too no
           Its letter prefect in every weigh;
           My checker tolled me sew.

      3.  Avatar
        Anonymous

        Your making a joke YES. I want to ask you a question why did Isreal attack go into Lebanon in the first place.
        Please tell me the facts not your side of the story because I know you tell good story, but thats all nothing fact.

        You promise SHITralla will put the weapons down if Isreal yes Isreal i like the way that rolls of the tung put the weapon down. Did you speak to them and thats what they told you.  GOOD WORK  I will get some money now yes.
        They will stick the weapon up shitrallas ass.

        1.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          not the side of anyone if it’s not the side of history :it’s just what happen
          are you used to insult people like that it’s simply deplorable

        2.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          you fanzy of the zioniaste know that what happens in the Sinai is just the beginning of the end of shitrael

      4.  Avatar
        Anonymous

        and lets say israel disarms(which is a pipe dream that only retards like you can dream up) then we will find you here calling for the US and the whole west to disarm too before hizbilkhara gave up their illigetimate weapons..
        btw, learn some english you mental midget, your sentences are incomprehensible and at times you mix french with english, starting to remind me of Mr Loughat.(from la youmal).

        1.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          i don’t write for you i am interested only by people who can exchange without insult

      5.  Avatar
        Anonymous

        “i don’t write for you i am interested only by people who can exchange without insult”
        here’s your first english lesson:
        “I dont write for you” should be = I am not commenting to you
        then you need a coma
        “i am interested only by people” should be = I am only interested in people
        “who can exchange without insult” that one is gramatically correct but makes no sense at all, what exactly are these people, whom you are interested in, exchanging?
        your comment should be as follows: I am not commenting to you, I am only interested in people who can converse without being insulting.

        you owe me 150 dollars for teaching you some english, use that money to get a psychiatric evaluation.

        1.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          waoh and after english is not language of my mother not of my father and as long i am understandable it’s ok
          The salafiste everywhere in Syria are defeated and put in jail that’s the great things AVE Assad Do you tech Latin?

        2.  Avatar
          Anonymous

          Dominus Wobiscum, Leo … Dominus Wobiscum … 🙂
           Et .. si vous desire a ecrivez en Francaise, peut-etre les amis ici can figure it out un peu … mais, les tets ne sont gonna changement 😉
          E Pluribus unum.

  3. 2160John Avatar

    Take them back. They’re not doing anything anyway besides clubbing in Downtown Beirut and shopping in the South.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Think of the furthur loss of that tourist income then … Cyprus loved them for decades for the income, as has Lebanon.
      Who buys the clubbing girls drinks? Not you I’m sure.

    2. antar2011 Avatar
      antar2011

      even if they are not doing anything, their presence their is a thorn in the bakside of HA that’s why he is doing everything it can together with its supporter’s community to make the UNIFIL’s life like @#!*% … he want distablise lebanon all over again the thug…

      their presence for officiality’s sake [i.e. in the eyes of the international community] is also a big plus for lebanon’s stability.

      once they are out HA will have no resistance against his arms whatsoever and since he is in power lebanon will be declared a terrorist nation…something is not very far from the international community thanks to Nasrushaytan and the greedy idiot in Aoun.

  4.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    Take them back. They’re not doing anything anyway besides clubbing in Downtown Beirut and shopping in the South.

    1.  Avatar
      Anonymous

      Think of the furthur loss of that tourist income then … Cyprus loved them for decades for the income, as has Lebanon.
      Who buys the clubbing girls drinks? Not you I’m sure.

    2.  Avatar
      Anonymous

      Think of the furthur loss of that tourist income then … Cyprus loved them for decades for the income, as has Lebanon.
      Who buys the clubbing girls drinks? Not you I’m sure.

    3.  Avatar
      Anonymous

      Think of the furthur loss of that tourist income then … Cyprus loved them for decades for the income, as has Lebanon.
      Who buys the clubbing girls drinks? Not you I’m sure.

    4.  Avatar
      Anonymous

      even if they are not doing anything, their presence their is a thorn in the bakside of HA that’s why he is doing everything it can together with its supporter’s community to make the UNIFIL’s life like hell… he want distablise lebanon all over again the thug…

  5. leobetapar Avatar
    leobetapar

    Sarkozy ask Lebanon to secure troops that france have send them for securizing it’s border
    2 weeks ago i was talking about securizing the afghans nato troops
    this guy unable to securizing the sub urans dwelling of france big city have a fixation he need at least an analyse or maybe a psychotherapie

  6.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    Sarkozy ask Lebanon to secure troops that france have send them for securizing it’s border
    2 weeks ago i was talking about securizing the afghans nato troops
    this guy unable to securizing the sub urans dwelling of france big city have a fixation he need at least an analyse or maybe a psychotherapie

  7. guss043 Avatar

    Since after Napoleon Bonaparte and the French are running from the ennemies, I am not sure France and the west in general have such advanced arms , to use against which enemies? after the fall of Russia there is no need really to worry much .Why France and the west no attacking Syria the head of the snake . After WW2 ,all they were united to prevent another tyran and another Hitler, the arms o fthe west should be used to bring democracy, to prevent Rawand ,t prevent Syrian special forces from beheading innocent citizens,!!! and so on, also to prevent the fanatic dogs in northern Sudan who are committing genocide in the south, the west should stop Fanatic islam at any price as it is the equivalent of Nazism, moslem brotherhood ,Hizbollah are fanatic ,organisatons that need to be eradicated , also the west should stop Israel from settling down in the west bank even if it takes force to stop it , all in equal manners

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      Yah … I guess they COULD have had WW2 go on another 15 years, and at least systematically eliminated the last of the backward-thinking humans. For certain some, mostly Generals – knowing their huge strength and ability at the time – wanted that (Patton) continuing ‘adjustment’ in the world … but then, there WAS that ‘DEMOCRATIC’ thing in the way – a rather bothersome concept to megalomaniacs everywhere – and ‘THE PEOPLE’ of the power-countries preferred an end to all the killing and to have their sons come ‘home’ … didn’t they.
        I guess they thought the concept would ‘catch on’. After all, it worked for them basically.
      Even if most politician-types don’t know how to thread a needle, the concept allows ‘the people’ to change them after a few years.

  8. guss043 Avatar

    Since after Napoleon Bonaparte and the French are running from the ennemies, I am not sure France and the west in general have such advanced arms , to use against which enemies? after the fall of Russia there is no need really to worry much .Why France and the west no attacking Syria the head of the snake . After WW2 ,all they were united to prevent another tyran and another Hitler, the arms o fthe west should be used to bring democracy, to prevent Rawand ,t prevent Syrian special forces from beheading innocent citizens,!!! and so on, also to prevent the fanatic dogs in northern Sudan who are committing genocide in the south, the west should stop Fanatic islam at any price as it is the equivalent of Nazism, moslem brotherhood ,Hizbollah are fanatic ,organisatons that need to be eradicated , also the west should stop Israel from settling down in the west bank even if it takes force to stop it , all in equal manners

    1.  Avatar
      Anonymous

      Yah … I guess they COULD have had WW2 go on another 15 years, and at least systematically eliminated the last of the backward-thinking humans. For certain some, mostly Generals – knowing their huge strength and ability at the time – wanted that (Patton) continuing ‘adjustment’ in the world … but then, there WAS that ‘DEMOCRATIC’ thing in the way – a rather bothersome concept to megalomaniacs everywhere – and ‘THE PEOPLE’ of the power-countries preferred an end to all the killing and to have their son’s come ‘home’ … didn’t they.
        I guess they thought the concept would ‘catch on’. After all, it worked for them.

    2.  Avatar
      Anonymous

      Yah … I guess they COULD have had WW2 go on another 15 years, and at least systematically eliminated the last of the backward-thinking humans. For certain some, mostly Generals – knowing their huge strength and ability at the time – wanted that (Patton) continuing ‘adjustment’ in the world … but then, there WAS that ‘DEMOCRATIC’ thing in the way – a rather bothersome concept to megalomaniacs everywhere – and ‘THE PEOPLE’ of the power-countries preferred an end to all the killing and to have their son’s come ‘home’ … didn’t they.
        I guess they thought the concept would ‘catch on’. After all, it worked for them.

  9. LEO YOU GIVING A LECTURE ON INSULTS IS LIKE AN ARSONIST GIVING  A LECTURE OF FIRE PREVENTION.LOL YOU ARE FUNNY I HAVE TO GIVE YOU THAT.

    1. PROPHET.T Avatar
      PROPHET.T

      LOL @geo’s reaction to Leo. I told  you  He is  entertaining ,and He is the only one  that  no  longer  offends  me  with  his  comments. This is how deal with Leo; Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and get out of the situation when it becomes unacceptable.

      1. PROPHET, YOU  NOT BEING OFFENDED BY HIM ANYMORE MIGHT REALLY UPSETS HIM AS HE LOVES THE ATTENTION WE GIVE HIM.
         ARE YOU USING REVERSE PHSYCOLOGY TO GET HIM AT HIS OWN CUNNING? I ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU WERE CLEVER.LOL

  10. LEO YOU GIVING A LECTURE ON INSULTS IS LIKE AN ARSONIST GIVING  A LECTURE OF FIRE PREVENTION.LOL YOU ARE FUNNY I HAVE TO GIVE YOU THAT.

    1. PROPHET.T Avatar
      PROPHET.T

      LOL @geo’s reaction to Leo. I told  you  He is  entertaining ,and He is the only one  that  no  longer  offends  me  with  his  comments. This is how deal with Leo; Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and get out of the situation when it becomes unacceptable.

      1. PROPHET, YOU  NOT BEING OFFENDED BY HIM ANYMORE MIGHT REALLY UPSETS HIM AS HE LOVES THE ATTENTION WE GIVE HIM.
         ARE YOU USING REVERSE PHSYCOLOGY TO GET HIM AT HIS OWN CUNNING? I ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU WERE CLEVER.LOL

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