Moving towards a “permanent ceasefire” between Lebanon and Israel remains the “real challenge” facing the UN’s Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
That’s the view of Major-General Michael Beary, who has just taken over as Force Commander and Head of Mission.
The former Irish Army officer has enjoyed a long military career and was deployed to UNIFIL on three previous occasions: twice in the 1980s and then in 1999.
As the force that monitors the so-called Blue Line border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel, he said that since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1701, which cemented the ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon 10 years ago, UNIFIL was working on confidence-building between the two sides.
General Beary spoke to Reem Abaza.