Press releases

  • 13 Feb 2017 - The Head of Mission and Force Commander of UNIFIL, Major General Michael Beary, today chaired a regular tripartite meeting with senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at the UN position at Ras Al Naqoura.
  • UNIFIL peacekeepers deploy during Steel Storm, the five-day joint live firing exercise with LAF.

    08 Feb 2017 - The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) today carried out a joint exercise combining armoured assets, machine gun and small arms live fire in an area one kilometre south of the UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura, southern Lebanon.
  • LAF Intelligence Chief (Southern region) Brigadier General Khodor Hammoud, LAF Deputy Chief of Staff Brigadier General Mohammed Janbay and UNIFIL head Major General Michael Beary sign handover documents at the ceremony to mark the donation of equipment and vehicles from UNIFIL to LAF.

    08 Feb 2017 - The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today donated a number of UN-owned vehicles and other assets worth US$ 658,000 to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the LAF Intelligence at a ceremony held at the UN Mission’s headquarters in south Lebanon.
  • 03 Feb 2017 - This morning, two UNIFIL patrols in the general area of Al Mansouri-Majda Zun (Sector West) were obstructed by groups of aggressive men who attempted to cause physical harm to the peacekeepers and UN assets.
  • 31 Jan 2017 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary today met with the Lebanese Minister of Interior Nouhad Machnouk, in Beirut. During the meeting, which was his first with the Minister since taking charge of UNIFIL in July last year, Major General Beary briefed on the situation in the UN Mission's area of operation in south Lebanon as well as on the ongoing "Strategic Review" of UNIFIL.
  • 16 Jan 2017 - A UN delegation is currently visiting Lebanon to conduct a Strategic Review of UNIFIL. This is pursuant to a request made by the UN Security Council in its resolution 2305 of August 2016 in order to ensure that the Mission is configured most appropriately to fulfill its mandated tasks. 
  • 10 Jan 2017 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Michael Beary today called on the newly appointed Prime Minister Saad Hariri in his office in Beirut. Following the meeting, Major-General Beary said: “I was extremely encouraged by this first meeting with Prime Minister Hariri. I was pleased to have this opportunity just weeks after he assumed office to brief him on UNIFIL’s mission and related developments in south Lebanon.”
  • 22 Dec 2016 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary today visited the Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri in Beirut. During the meeting, Major General Beary congratulated the Speaker on the recent political breakthroughs, namely the election of a new President and the formation of a new Government. He expressed his hope for the positive effects of these developments in UNIFIL’s area of operations in south Lebanon.
  • 15 Dec 2016 - The UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary today chaired a regular tripartite meeting with senior officials from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at the UN position at Ras Al Naqoura.
  • 14 Dec 2016 - UNIFL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary met with a delegation of Lebanese judiciary officials led by the President of the Supreme Judicial Council Judge, Juean Fahed, and the Prosecutor General Judge Samir Hammoud, in Beirut on Tuesday. While welcoming Major General Beary at the Justice Palace, Justice Fahed said the visit was “a clear evidence of commitment to the cause of peace and UNIFIL’s constant support of Lebanese authorities.”

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