Montreal, Canada - August 12, 2006

RCPL welcomes the adoption of the new UNSCR 1701 and asks for international humanitarian aid for Lebanon

On August 11, 2006 the U.N. Security Council has passed Resolution 1701. The resolution was unanimously approved and it calls for a full cessation of hostilities based upon, in particular, the immediate cessation by Hezbollah of all attacks and the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations and the deployment of 15,000 U.N. peacekeeping troops in Lebanon.

RCPL welcomes the unanimous adoption of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 calling for the full cessation of hostilities in the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

RCPL calls on all parties to accept the principles outlined by the UNSC without delay and respect their obligations under international humanitarian law. RCPL also calls on the Lebanese government to take full and exclusive control of Lebanese territories, disarm all non-governmental groups according to Taf accord and UNSCR 1559, and deploy its national army to ensure the security of all citizens and avoid any security destabilizing factor in the future.

RCPL remains deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Lebanon: more than 1000 deaths, 3600 injured and more than one million person displaced since July 12, 2006 when Israel launched a military operation against Lebanon and Hezbollah after the last kidnapped two Israeli soldiers. RCPL believes that international humanitarian aid for Lebanon is necessary to facilitate the return of displaced civilians so they can begin to rebuild their lives.
Therefore, RCPL asks the Canadian government to take part in this reconstruction effort.

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