LEBANON / UNIFIL EU AMBASSADORS VISIT

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In a visit to the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the head of the European delegation to the country said the EU continues to support “all aspects of UNIFIL’s work” and stressed that its “deployment alongside the Lebanese Armed Forces is crucial to maintaining stability in Lebanon and along the Lebanese shores." UNIFIL

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STORY: LEBANON / UNIFIL EU AMBASSADORS VISIT
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DATELINE: 18 JUNE 2020, SOUTH LEBANON, LEBANON

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18 JUNE 2020, SOUTH LEBANON, LEBANON

1. Med shot, Del Col greeting EU ambassadors in UNIFIL HQ in Naqoura
2. Various shots, EU ambassadors meeting with UNIFIL officials in HQ un Naqoura
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Julia Koch de Biolley, Chargée d'Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon:
"The European Union stands by UNIFIL in its efforts to assist in defusing tensions between Lebanon and Israel and move towards a permanent ceasefire. This can only happen through continued dialogue and confidence building. UNIFIL remains essential here. We continue to support all aspects of UNIFIL's work. Its deployment alongside the Lebanese Armed Forces is crucial to maintaining stability in Lebanon and along the Lebanese shores."
4. Various shots, EU delegations visiting UNP 5-42 (UN position) in the vicinity of Ramyah along the Blue Line
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Julia Koch de Biolley, Chargée d'Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon:
"The European Union and its Member States are committed to the unity, sovereignty, stability, independence and territorial integrity of Lebanon. We continue to stress the importance of Lebanon's commitment to the full implementation of its international commitments including UN Security Council Resolution 1701."
6. Various shots, EU delegations visiting UNP 5-42 (UN position) in the vicinity of Ramyah along the Blue Line
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Stefano Del Col, Head of Mission and Force Commander, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“Please be assured that the peacekeepers from your countries, accounting for a third of the Mission’s more than 10,000 troops between ground and maritime forces, have been playing an extremely significant role in maintaining the cessation of hostilities, de-escalating tension in the UNIFIL area of operations and preserving stability along the Blue Line. The work of your troops has reinforced the Mission’s strong operational tempo, which is demonstrated by the fact that the area has enjoyed an unprecedented 14 years of calm.”
8. Various shots, de Biolley signing book
9. Wide shot, Group Photo at the UNIFIL Cenotaph - UNIFIL HQ

STORYLINE:

In a visit to the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the head of the European delegation to the country said the EU continues to support “all aspects of UNIFIL’s work” and stressed that its “deployment alongside the Lebanese Armed Forces is crucial to maintaining stability in Lebanon and along the Lebanese shores."

During a visit today (18 Jun) to the UNIFIL headquarters and area of operation, Julia Koch de Biolley, Chargée d'Affaires of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, said the EU stands by UNIFIL in its efforts to assist in defusing tensions between Lebanon and Israel and move towards a permanent ceasefire. She said, “This can only happen through continued dialogue and confidence building.”

The 15-member European delegation included ambassadors and representative from: the European Union, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Spain.

The Ambassadors of the delegation commended the ongoing works to establish a new EU-funded Headquarters for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Model Regiment, as a commitment of the State to consolidate its authority and control the security of south Lebanon. They further recalled the importance to provide UNIFIL with the necessary means and equipment to guarantee its full operational capability, to which several EU Member States are making significant contributions.

de Biolley said, "The European Union and its Member States are committed to the unity, sovereignty, stability, independence and territorial integrity of Lebanon. We continue to stress the importance of Lebanon's commitment to the full implementation of its international commitments including UN Security Council Resolution 1701."

UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col briefed the visiting delegation on the crucial work carried by the Mission, together with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), in stabilizing the situation in south Lebanon and along the Blue Line. He also joined the visitors during a tour of the Blue Line near the south-western Lebanese village of Ramyah.

In his remarks, the UNIFIL head lauded the support of the EU bloc in the Mission’s work, adding that the visit attests to the importance the EU places on UNIFIL’s work in south Lebanon.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Stefano Del Col, Head of Mission and Force Commander, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“Please be assured that the peacekeepers from your countries, accounting for a third of the Mission’s more than 10,000 troops between ground and maritime forces, have been playing an extremely significant role in maintaining the cessation of hostilities, de-escalating tension in the UNIFIL area of operations and preserving stability along the Blue Line. The work of your troops has reinforced the Mission’s strong operational tempo, which is demonstrated by the fact that the area has enjoyed an unprecedented 14 years of calm.”

Del Col also thanked the delegation for their strong response to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing municipalities and hospitals in south Lebanon with the necessary equipment, medical and sanitary supplies aimed at preventing the spread of the virus.
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