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UNIFIL: Lebanon will ask for one year renewal, no changes

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NEW YORK, JULY 25 – Lebanon will submit a request to renew UNIFIL’s mandate for one year without any changes. “Only a capable and efficient UNIFIL could maintain stability and security in the South of Lebanon in particular in light of the volatile situation in region”, Ms.Caroline Ziadé, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. to the United Nations, stated today during a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East.

 “For the partnership between LAF and UNIFIL, my delegation would like to seize this opportunity to express deep appreciation to all troop contributing countries, a good number of them are around the table, for their sacrifices, and noble determination to protect civilians and to ensure full respect of Lebanon’s sovereignty”, Ms. Ziadé said.

With over 1,000 Italian men and women on the ground under UN flags, Italy’s Deputy Permanent Representative Inigo Lambertini praised in front of the Council “the essential work carried out by UNIFIL in the South of Lebanon, faithful to its mandate, as a crucial player for the stability of the country and of a geographical area plagued by conflicts”.

While reiterating Italy’s firm support to the Lebanese authorities, Lambertini acknowledged the unwavering commitment by Prime Minister Hariri and his Government to the full implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1559 and 1701, as also proven by their steady cooperation with the United Nations representatives and UNIFIL”. (@OnuItalia)

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