S/RES/425 (1978)
                                                    19 March 1978

                            RESOLUTION 425 (1978)

            Adopted by the Security Council at its 2074th meeting
                              on 19 March 1978,

     The Security Council,

     Taking note of the letters from the Permanent Representative of
Lebanon and from the Permanent Representative of Israel,

     Having heard the statement of the Permanent Representatives of
Lebanon and Israel,

     Gravely concerned at the deterioration of the situation in the
Middle East and its consequences to the maintenance of international

     Convinced that the present situation impedes the achievement of a
just peace in the Middle East,

     1.  Calls for strict respect for the territorial integrity,
sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon within its
internationally recognized boundaries;

     2.  Calls upon Israel immediately to cease its military action
against Lebanese territorial integrity and withdraw forthwith its forces
from all Lebanese territory;

     3.  Decides, in the light of the request of the Government of
Lebanon, to establish immediately under its authority a United Nations
interim force for Southern Lebanon for the purpose of confirming the
withdrawal of Israeli forces, restoring international peace and security
and assisting the Government of Lebanon in ensuring the return of its
effective authority in the area, the Force to be composed of personnel
drawn from Member States;

     4.  Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Council within
twenty-four hours on the implementation of the present resolution.