New Extension for U.N. Force in Lebanon Urged

From Reuters

Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar recommended Thursday a further six-month extension of the U.N. peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, even though he said recent developments had led him to consider withdrawing it.

“I am convinced that the maintenance of international peace and security requires that the force’s mandate be extended,” he said in a written report to the Security Council. The current mandate of the 5,825-member force, drawn from nine countries, expires on April 19.