I think that UNSCR 1559 is part of what’s happening in Lebanon today. Here’s a refresher:
1. Reaffirms its call for the strict respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and political independence of Lebanon under the sole and exclusive authority of the Government of Lebanon throughout Lebanon;
2. Calls upon all remaining foreign forces to withdraw from Lebanon;
3. Calls for the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias;
4. Supports the extension of the control of the Government of Lebanon over all Lebanese territory;
And to back me up, here’s U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey D. Feltman
With UNSCR 1559, the Security Council affirmed its support for the full sovereignty and independence of Lebanon, free of foreign forces. The United States strongly believes that Lebanon should be allowed to determine its own future and assume control of its territory. The Lebanese people have a right to exercise their rights as free people and to make choices about their future as free people, without outside coercion and interference.
Lebanon has the potential to become a model of democracy and respect for human rights in this region. Lebanon has a proud history of lively participatory politics, with strong civil society organizations and an active Parliament. The Lebanese press features a wide range of views in it pages, reflecting a full spectrum of political debate. […] The U.S., working with its Security Council partners who are committed to helping Lebanon implement UNSCR 1559 […]