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Iran: Hezbollah

Volume 457: debated on Wednesday 7 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what her assessment is of the impact of recent efforts to enforce UNSCR 1559 and 1701 on the transfer of (a) funds and (b) weapons to Hezbollah from Iran; and if she will make a statement; (123957)

(2) what estimate has been made of the level of funding provided to Hezbollah by Iran since August 2006; and if she will make a statement.

Following UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1701, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has deployed over 11,000 troops in South Lebanon. UNIFIL also operates a Maritime Task Force, which assists the Government of Lebanon in implementing UNSCR 1701. In addition, the Lebanese armed forces have deployed 8,500 troops in South Lebanon and 8,500 troops along the Lebanon/Syria border. The UK and other international partners are working with the Government of Lebanon to strengthen Lebanon’s border monitoring capability further. We continue to receive credible reports that Iran continues to supply Hezbollah with financing and weapons, but we cannot reliably estimate the level of this.

We call on Iran and other regional states and Hezbollah to comply with UNSCRs 1559, 1680 and 1701.