Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Clear Mandate.

According to some reports, France will probably play a big role in Southern Lebanon.
France is expected to lead the enhanced force, which is to grow from the current 2,000 troops to 15,000 troops. An estimated 15,000 Lebanese troops are to join the strengthened U.N. force, which is to move south of the Litani River, about 18 miles from the Israeli border . (AP)

As a French citizen I don't have a problem with that. The only thing is that I can see why France is demanding a more specific mandate for the force, including when it may use firepower. What France needs is a clear mandate that allows UN Troops to use firepower and NOT be the feeble force it was in the past (Think of Rwanda). The credibility of the UN is once again at stake.
It is also probably good that Turkey and Indonesia should join.

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