UN envoy is concerned about violence in Lebanon

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On average, Lebanon receives more than 500 Syrians an hour. Recent arrivals have headed to cities like Tripoli in northern Lebanon.

The United Nations has been closely following recent security incidents in Lebanon, including kidnappings of Syrian nationals and others in the country.

That was the message conveyed by UN Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon Robert Watkins to Lebanon's Minister of Interior, Marwan Charbel on Thursday.

Dianne Penn reports.

The officials held what Watkins described as a detailed and lengthy discussion about security-related developments in Lebanon.

In a statement, Watkins said he expressed deep regret for the loss of life and continued violence in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, where there have been clashes between supporters and opponents of the government in Syria.

The UN official said that such incidents undermine efforts in Lebanon to promote peace, stability and long-term development.

He praised the Interior Minister and other authorities for preventing the security situation from deteriorating further.

Watkins will also meet with Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati later this week.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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