The document sent from UN Headquarters to the Italian Defense Ministry regarding the jurisdiction of the multinational force in Lebanon was published in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
It was written that the main objective of the soldiers will not be disarming Hizbullah, but rehabilitating Lebanon from the war's damage and keeping order. The soldiers also ill not be equipped with tanks, and will only be permitted to open fire "in a manner befitting of the need in response to an emergency situation."
Aid operations of the multinational force, according to the document, will focus on rehabilitating public buildings, roads, and bridges that were destroyed by IDF attacks during the war.
'An important contribution to peace'
Unlike other UN forces throughout the world, the force commander in southern Lebanon will enjoy autonomy, and will not need to consult with an overseeing official in the headquarters in the time of emergency in order to make decisions.
In regards to instructions for UN soldiers to open fire in Lebanon, the document notes that using arms will be undertaken "in a manner befitting of the need in response to an emergency in order to ensure the peacekeeping force acts in accordance with Resolution 1701."
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke Sunday with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi in regards to the multinational force in Lebanon, asking that Italy lead the force. Olmert noted that Israel sees the dispatching of Italian troops to the multinational force as vital to the application of UN Resolution 1701 and that "this will be an important contribution to peace and stability in the Middle East."
According to him, it is critical that the force arrive in the region as soon as possible and that Italy lead the force by also sending forces to oversee the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Ronny Sofer contributed to this report.