Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks following the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2373 renewing the mandate for the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
“The status quo for UNIFIL was not acceptable, and we did not accept it…This resolution demands that UNIFIL step up its efforts at a moment when Hizballah is stepping up theirs. Hizballah’s past actions tell us what it will do in the future. Hizballah has terrorized the people of Lebanon. Hizballah has terrorized the people of Syria, standing on the front lines of the Assad regime’s criminal activity. Hizballah has engaged in terrorist actions far beyond the Middle East.”
“The purpose of UNIFIL is to keep its area free of terrorist personnel and weapons and to report on any denial of its ability to do so. If UNIFIL does that, it will contribute greatly to the peace and stability of the area. Our action today will help ensure that this peacekeeping mission has the power and the will to do its job.”
“For the United States, this is a time for strength, resolve, and accountability at the United Nations. Our actions today go to the heart of this new approach. The United States will not sit by and watch Hizballah strengthen itself for the next war. We will not be passive as Iran makes a mockery of this Council’s word. Today we took a very good step forward. Together, our next job is to make sure UNIFIL does what we have instructed it to do here today.”