UN Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine (UNTSO)
The United Nations Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine (UNTSO), an observer mission, was set up under a Security Council resolution in May 1948 to assist the Mediator and the Truce Commission in the supervision of the truce in Palestine. Its activities, which have evolved along with the various changes of the Middle East problem, are spread over the territory of five States - Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. The main tasks of UNTSO at present are to observe and report on breaches of the cease-fire and to help prevent incidents. It also reports to the Secretary-General on complaints submitted by the parties concerned and the enquiries conducted by UN military observers at the request of the parties concerned and the enquiries conducted by UN military observers at the request of the parties. UNTSO is also co-operating with the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) in the Sinai and with the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights in fulfilling their tasks.
Major-General Bengt Liljestrand (Sweden), Chief of Staff of UNTSO, being briefed by Capt. Michel Boissarie (France), UNTSO Observer, during his visit OP-KHIAM (AMR 2071-3025), south of the village of El Khiam, Lebanon. At right is Commandant Marc Coffens (Belgium), UNTSO Observer.