NNA - “UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Aroldo Lázaro chaired a Tripartite meeting with senior officers of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at a UN position in Ras Al Naqoura today.
The UNIFIL chief highlighted that the Security Council, in recently renewing UNIFIL’s mandate had stressed the value of the meetings: “Resolution 2650 reiterated the importance of the Tripartite mechanism, strongly urging the parties to make constructive and expanded use of this forum.”
Discussions also focused on the situation along the Blue Line, air and ground violations, and other issues within the scope of UNIFIL’s mandate under UN Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006) and subsequent resolutions.
The Force Commander noted that resolution 2650 underscored the parties’ obligations to action and accountability in case of violations
He also urged immediate action to address an increasing number of incidents of aggressive behaviour along the Blue Line, underlining that it is vital at what is a sensitive time.
With the upcoming olive harvest, he looked forward to long-standing local arrangements assisted by UNIFIL. “This is of immediate and concrete benefit to local communities as a humanitarian arrangement.” -- UNIFIL press release