Partnership between UN and Lebanese army stressed during President’s visit

The close cooperation between United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese Army in ensuring peace and security in the country’s southern region was stressed today during a visit by President Michel Suleiman to the mission’s headquarters in Naqoura.

Talks between UN envoy and Lebanese leader centre on national dialogue, Syria

The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon and President Michel Suleiman held talks today on a range of issues, from the holding of national dialogues and reconciliation to the “encouraging” developments regarding the country’s budding relations with Syria.

Security Council extends probe into Lebanon killings for another two months

The Security Council today extended for a further two months the mandate of the independent probe into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri and several other political killings in Lebanon.

New information may link more people to killing of Lebanese ex-premier, UN reports

The independent inquiry into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri has acquired new information potentially implicating additional individuals to the network that carried out the suicide car bomb attack, according to a new report to the Security Council released today.

International tribunal for Lebanon killings set to begin work next March – Ban

The international tribunal being set up to try those responsible for political killings in Lebanon, particularly the 2005 attack that killed former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, is on track to begin its work on 1 March 2009, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on Sunday, following a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

Prevailing Israeli-Lebanese calm should lead to greater progress, UN report finds

While pleased that relative calm continues to prevail between Israel and Lebanon, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is disturbed by the repeated exchanges of threats between Israel and Hizbollah and believes greater progress should have been made since the adoption of the United Nations resolution that helped end fighting between them two years ago.

UN agency seeks urgent funds to aid Palestinians uprooted from Lebanese camp

The United Nations agency tasked with aiding Palestinian refugees today called on donors to urgently respond to the $43 million appeal it issued last month for funds to help some 27,000 people displaced from a Lebanese refugee camp last year.

UN agency calls on Arabs to help Palestinian brethren uprooted in Lebanese camp

The United Nations agency entrusted with assisting Palestinian refugees issued an urgent appeal today for Arab funds for emergency aid for 30,000 people whose homes were destroyed by fighting last year in northern Lebanon, noting that so far only the United States has come forward with a firm pledge.

Ban urges Lebanese not to let latest bombing deter efforts at national dialogue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s terrorist attack in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, and urged the people of the Middle East nation to forge ahead with national reconciliation efforts in spite of the violence.

Minimal progress so far in bolstering Lebanon’s borders, UN report finds

Progress in fortifying Lebanon’s border with Syria has been minimal, the independent United Nations team assessing the monitoring of the boundary said in a new report made public today.