Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will depart New York today for an official visit to Lebanon, where he will meet with the country’s leaders and with United Nations peacekeepers serving in the country, according to his spokesperson.
The President of Lebanon today called on the international community to put pressure on Israel to carry out the provisions of the United Nations resolution that ended that country’s war with Hizbollah five years ago.
The head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon today discussed “critical issues” with Lebanese and Israeli commanders to prevent a recurrence of the exchange of gunfire earlier this month between the two armies across the line separating the countries.
Incidents such as the exchange of gunfire that took place across the Israeli-Lebanese border earlier this week must be avoided, the United Nations envoy for Lebanon has stressed, warning that they can easily flare up into something more dangerous.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council strongly condemned today’s attack against a convoy of vehicles carrying members of the United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon in which five soldiers were wounded.