Lebanon: UN envoy expresses regret over Parliament term extension, stalled elections

The United Nations envoy for Lebanon said today that the vote in Lebanon’s Parliament yesterday to extend its mandate until 2017 had spared the country a “further serious vacuum,” but, regretfully, elections had been postponed again amid mounting political insecurity.

UN chief urges continued global support for Lebanon amid ongoing regional crises

Lebanon remains “a beacon of tolerance and co-existence” in an otherwise combustible region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, adding that in the face of growing challenges along its borders, the Middle Eastern country will need to continue its close collaboration with the United Nations and other international stakeholders.

Lebanon: UN mission calls for restraint following explosion, retaliatory fire

The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon today urged maximum restraint after two Israeli soldiers were wounded in the Shaba’a area as a result of an improvised explosive device, and Israel retaliated with artillery fire towards the area of Kfar Shouba hills.

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon for another year

The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year, while strongly condemning attempts to threaten the country’s security and stability.

Lebanon: UN condemns fighting in northeastern border town with Syria

The top United Nations relief official in Lebanon today strongly condemned attacks on the Lebanese Armed Forces and the ongoing fighting in and around the city of Arsal, in the northeastern part of the country near its border with Syria.

Challenges facing Lebanon highlight urgent need to fill presidential vacuum – UN envoy

The United Nations envoy for Lebanon today stressed the urgent need for the country’s leaders to agree on the election of a new president as soon as possible in light of the situation on the ground, which is marked by renewed terrorist threats and the growing refugee population resulting from the conflict in neighbouring Syria.

UN envoy denounces latest attack on Lebanese security forces

The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon has strongly condemned the suicide bombing that took place yesterday at the entrance to the southern suburbs of Beirut in which a member of the security forces was killed and a number of people were injured.

In call with Lebanese officials, UN envoy condemns attack in eastern Lebanon

The top United Nations official in Lebanon strongly condemned today’s suicide bombing at an Internal Security Forces checkpoint in the eastern part of the country.

Lebanon: Ban appoints Italian Major General Portolano to head UN peacekeeping force

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Major General Luciano Portolano of Italy as the new head of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

UN envoy meets with senior Saudi officials on support for Lebanon

The top United Nations official in Lebanon met today with senior leaders from the Government of Saudi Arabia to discuss a host of issues, including support for the Lebanese Armed Forces and the region-wide efforts to cope with the massive numbers of refugees sparked by the crisis in Syria.