Lebanon: President Sleiman visits UN peacekeeping operations in south

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman today reaffirmed his country’s “consensus” support for the United Nations peacekeeping operation that was strengthened in 2006 as part of the agreement that ended fighting between Israel and Hizbollah.

Lebanon: UN envoy meets with Hizbollah official on domestic and security issues

Continuing efforts to ease tensions in Lebanon, a senior United Nations official today held wide-ranging talks with the international relations chief of Hizbollah.

UN envoy calls again for dialogue to resolve tensions in Lebanon

The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon today reiterated his concern over the crisis that has put on hold the work of key national institutions, and called once again for dialogue to resolve existing tensions.

Ban welcomes Israel’s decision to withdraw troops from northern Ghajar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Israeli Government’s decision to withdraw its army from the northern part of Ghajar, a village that straddles the so-called Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon.

Ban urges greater focus by Israel and Lebanon on reaching permanent peace

Noting that the security situation along the Israeli-Lebanese border is still fragile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on both sides to step up efforts to move from the current state of cessation of hostilities, as agreed to in August 2006, to a permanent ceasefire.

Ban calls intimidation of UN-backed Lebanon tribunal ‘unacceptable’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned this week’s attack against three staff members of the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others, calling such acts of interference and intimidation “unacceptable.”

Senior UN official warns of ‘hyper-dangerous’ situation in Lebanon

A senior United Nations official warned today that the presence of heavily-armed militias and a recent escalation of rhetoric and confrontation have created an extremely dangerous situation in Lebanon, calling on all parties to do their utmost to reduce tensions.

Tensions highlight need for Lebanese parties to put national interests first – Ban

Voicing concern about the recent escalation in political tensions in Lebanon, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all parties to focus on strengthening the country’s sovereignty and security and on resolving outstanding issues such as the presence of armed militias.

Attack on staff will not deter Hariri murder probe, says UN-backed Lebanon tribunal

The United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others has condemned this morning’s attack against three of its staff members in Beirut, pledging that the incident will not deter its investigation.

UN envoy discusses recent developments with Lebanese premier

The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon today discussed the recent tensions in the country with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, applauding the premier for promoting dialogue as the best way to resolve differences.