BEIRUT / HERITAGE PROTECTION

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UN peacekeepers in Lebanon, in partnership with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and Blue Shield International (BSI) have completed a month-long project of securing and protecting the cultural heritage properties damaged in the aftermath of 4 August Beirut explosions. UNIFIL

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STORY: LEBANON / UNIFIL HERITAGE PROTECTION
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SOURCE: UNIFIL
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DATELINE: 4 NOVEMBER 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

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1.Various shots, UNIFIL peacekeepers cleaning the Mar Michael street.
2.SOUNDBITE (English): Brigadier General Jean-Pierre Fagué, UNIFIL Chief of Staff:
“This was an unusual deployment and some kind of exceptional deployment, and so we have been building this deployment from the scratch. We have constructed a specific command element. We have constructed a specific support organization. We have tasked, organized and tailored the detachment to answer the needs of the Lebanese Armed Forces and so we have done this complex planning in a very integrated manner with the civilian, the military, the support side, everyone working as a team. And we have built what you can see here. So, we have various capabilities. We have support capabilities. We have a medical support, logistics support, engineering support and we have built that from scratch, designed and tailored for this specific mission that we are conducting.”
3.Various shots, soldiers clearing rubble
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Svejtlana Jovic, UNIFIL Civil Affairs officer:
“The work required UNIFIL and LAF to work together, in clearing the historic houses, then to separating all stones ornaments, facades from the rubble which it is called triage and it was very a demanding work.”
5.Various shots, peacekeepers and Lebanese Army cleaning the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building.
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Svejtlana Jovic, UNIFIL Civil Affairs officer:
“We started with the MOFA (Minister of Foreign Affairs) building, the biggest building that required clearing and protecting and securing against the rains.”
7.Pan left, Mar Michael street cleared of rubble
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Karl Von Habsburg, Founder and President of Blue Shield International:
“The damaged is vast and it took a great effort to start and stabilizing everything which is basically the role is having here. We are always trying to combine military elements with civilian elements, with specialists in the field.”
9.Various shots, UNIFIL, Lebanese Armed Forces, Blue Shield International held a workshop in the MFA building
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Karl Von Habsburg, Founder and President of Blue Shield International:
“What we did manage to get together is a collaboration of the Lebanese Armed Forces together with UNIFIL units, to come and start to work on certain projects. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the prime project where we can see the success of such collaborations. “
11.Various shots, UNIFIL Force Commander Maj Gen Del Col, visiting MFA building
12.SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Stefano Del Col, UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander:
“UNIFIL built on the past experience gained through civil-military cooperation with Blue Shield International, putting this into practice on the streets of Beirut.”
13.Various shots, Maj Gen Del Col and Jovic, receiving a medal at Sursock Museum in Beirut.

STORYLINE:

UN peacekeepers in Lebanon, in partnership with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and Blue Shield International (BSI) have completed a month-long project of securing and protecting the cultural heritage properties damaged in the aftermath of 4 August Beirut explosions.

Speaking at a closing ceremony in Beirut on 28 October, Head of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Major General Stefano Del Col said the peacekeeping mission’s work focused on clearing about 500 tons of rubbles as well as separating and storing about 150 tons of stones, facades and wood ornaments for future use.

“UNIFIL built on the past experience gained through civil-military cooperation with Blue Shield International, putting this into practice on the streets of Beirut.”

UNIFIL first partnered with BSI in April 2013 to better preserve cultural heritage in the Mission’s area of operations in south Lebanon.

During the ceremony organized by BSI, Major General Del Col said UNIFIL was honoured to have been part of this common effort to ease some of the pain that the city has gone through after the explosions.

At the end of the ceremony Mr. Karl von Habsburg, founder of the BSI and its President, Professor Peter Stone presented UNIFIL Head of Mission General Del Col, UNIFIL peacekeepers and LAF with awards and certificates for providing support in preserving heritage sites in Beirut.

On 27 October, UNIFIL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BSI on enhancing cooperation on cultural property protection in the Mission’s area of operations in south Lebanon. The MoU also seeks to provide a platform for raising awareness on the importance of cultural property protection and enhance civil-military cooperation.

Separately, on 23 October, a UNIFIL detachment of multinational force returned from Beirut to the Mission’s area of operations after more than three weeks of engineering work in the Port of Beirut and surrounding areas. Nearly 150 peacekeepers from 13 of UNIFIL’s 45 contingents facilitated the resumption of operations at the Port by clearing 11,500 tons of debris and carried out construction works. In the process, they also dismantled four of the damaged warehouses.
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