LEBANON / INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY

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The UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today marked the International Day of Peace during a ceremony at its headquarters in Naqoura, south Lebanon. UNIFIL

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STORY: LEBANON / INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY
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SOURCE: UNIFIL
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DATELINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2020, NAQOURA, LEBANON

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21 SEPTEMBER 2020, NAQOURA, LEBANON

1. Wide shot, Del Col saluting UN flag
2. Wide shot, Del Col saluting UNIFIL officials
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Stefano Del Col, Force Commander, United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“On the occasion of the 2020 International Day of Peace, marking also the 75th anniversary of the UN; this day is deeply linked to the UN resolution on the programme of action of a culture of peace, which embodies our shared aspiration to end conflict in all its forms.
4. Various shots, UNIFIL and Lebanese officials at event
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Stefano Del Col, Force Commander, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“Lebanon is currently plagued by an unprecedented economic and social crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The rising number of the people testing positive for COVID-19 is a stark reminder to everyone to adhere to the strict precautionary measures implemented by UNIFIL, as well as those mandated by all of the Government of Lebanon. We must protect one another as well as the general population.
6. Various shots, peacekeepers
7. Med shot, UN and Lebanese flags being raised
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Stefano Del Col, Force Commander, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“UNIFIL creates conducive conditions for political and diplomatic efforts to take root. That’s the way UNIFIL can achieve the final mission as envisioned by the Security Council Resolution 1701, which is to achieve a long-term solution and a permanent ceasefire.”
9. Various shots, Del Col laying wreath
10. Various shots, Lebanese military official laying wreath
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Stefano Del Col, Force Commander, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“UNIFIL acts impartially and independently for peace. Together with the partners to the cessation of hostilities and the Lebanese Armed Forces, our strategic partner, we maintain an environment favourable to peace and stability within the framework of Security Council resolution 1701 and associated (resolution); maintain the status that has lasted for over 14 years in the region.”
12. Various shots, Del Col presenting UN Medal to UNIFIL peacekeepers
13. Wide shot, UNIFIL and Lebanese officials releasing doves

STORYLINE:

The UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today (21 Sep) marked the International Day of Peace during a ceremony at its headquarters in Naqoura, south Lebanon.

Present at the ceremony were UNIFIL Head of Mission Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col, Colonel George Toufik Toufik representing the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander, local authorities, representatives of the Lebanese security agencies and fellow peacekeepers.

Maj. Gen. Del Col reviewed a guard of honour from peacekeepers representing the 45 different national contingents that make up the UNIFIL force. Colonel Toufik joined him in laying wreaths at the UNIFIL cenotaph paying tribute to more than 300 UNIFIL peacekeepers who have given their lives in the cause of peace in south Lebanon since 1978.

During the ceremony, twenty military staff officers were awarded with the UN Peacekeeping Medal in recognition for their participation in UNIFIL.

In his remarks, Major General Del Col echoed the call of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres in March 2020 to lay down the weapons and focus on the battle against the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

While noting that the work of the Mission to implement its mandate continues and that the situation in the mission’s area of operations and along the Blue Line remains calm and stable, the UNIFIL head emphasized that UNIFIL creates conducive conditions for political and diplomatic efforts to take root.

“That’s the way UNIFIL can achieve the final mission as envisioned by the Security Council Resolution 1701, which is to achieve a long-term solution and a permanent ceasefire,” he added.

The UNIFIL head reiterated the Mission’s commitment to assist the parties to maintain and solidify the cessation of hostilities.

As emphasized in the Security Council resolution 2539, adopted last month extending UNIFIL’s mandate for a year, Maj. Gen. Del Col said UNIFIL acts impartially and independently for peace.

He said, “Together with the partners to the cessation of hostilities and the Lebanese Armed Forces, our strategic partner, we maintain an environment favourable to peace and stability within the framework of Security Council resolution 1701 and associated (resolution); maintain the status that has lasted for over 14 years in the region.”

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and ceasefire.

The UN invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. The global theme of this year’s observance is ‘Shaping Peace Together.’
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