asked the Lord Privy Seal what destruction of UNIFIL equipment has occurred in the current year through attacks by the militia under Major Haddad in South Lebanon; and who will bear the cost of replacing this equipment.
Damage and losses of UNIFIL equipment this year so far amount to an estimated US $545,000 to S645,000. This covers damage to (a) four Italian helicopters, (b) helicopter communication equipment, (c) headquarters buildings at Naqura, and (d) damage to and theft of miscellaneous items of equipment such as radios, vehicles, binoculars and weapons. An account of how this damage was sustained is contained in the United Nations Secretary General's special report of 11 April and his statement of 13 April, copies of which are being placed in the Library of the House. The cost is met from the United Nations budget.