Prevention is the watch word for head of UN force in Lebanon

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United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeepers patrolling in armored personnel carriers in Southern Lebanon. UN Photo/Jorge Aramburu

For nearly 40 years, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has been monitoring cessation of hostilities between that country and Israel.

The force's mandate was expanded under Security Council resolution 1701 in the wake of the 2006 war between Israel and the outlawed group Hizbollah.

Major General Luciano Portolano of Italy is the chief and commander of the more than 10,000 troops serving with UNIFIL.

He tells Isabelle Dupuis that while the situation is "volatile but stable," prevention is key, especially when it comes to crossings of the border demarcation known as the Blue Line.

Duration: 3'15"

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