Press releases

  • 06 Sep 2016 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Michael Beary today called on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Samir Moqbel in Beirut. Discussions focused on the situation in UNIFIL’s area of operations, issues related to the implementation of UNIFIL’s mandate under UN Security Council Resolution 1701 (2006) and on the latest Tripartite meeting held in Ras Naqoura on 25 August. 
  • 30 Aug 2016 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman of the Secretary-General on UNIFILNew York, 30 August 2016
  • 25 Aug 2016 - The Head of Mission and Force Commander of UNIFIL, Major-General Michael Beary, today chaired his first 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.
  • 12 Aug 2016 - The Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major-General Michael Beary, today met with the Speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri, in Beirut. This was Major-General Beary’s first meeting with the Speaker after he assumed command of UNIFIL on 19 July.
  • 29 Jul 2016 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Michael Beary met today with the Director General of General Security Major-General Abbas Ibrahim in Beirut. This was Major-General Beary’s first meeting with the Director General after he assumed command of UNIFIL on 19 July. Major-General Abbas Ibrahim warmly welcomed UNIFIL Force Commander “back to Lebanon” recalling Major-General Beary’s previous tours of duty with UNIFIL (in 1982, 1989 and 1994).
  • 22 Jul 2016 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Michael Beary today called on Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Commander General Jean Khawaji in separate meetings in Beirut.
  • Outgoing Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano hands over the UN flag to Major-General Michael Beary.

    19 Jul 2016 - The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today underwent a transfer of command from Major-General Luciano Portolano (Italy) to Major-General Michael Beary (Ireland).
  • UNIFIL Deputy Head of Mission Imran Riza, and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Marc Ayrault, review the guard of honour at UNIFIL’s headquarters in Naqoura.

    11 Jul 2016 - The French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Jean-Marc Ayrault, visited the headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in Naqoura, south Lebanon, today. UNIFIL’s Deputy Head of Mission Imran Riza received Mr. Ayrault at the UNIFIL base. The Minister was accompanied by a number of senior French officials including Ambassador Emmanuel Bonne.
  • 23 Jun 2016 - The Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major-General Luciano Portolano, 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. It was the last meeting Major-General Portolano chaired since he took charge of UNIFIL in July 2014 and before his departure from the UN mission next month.
  • 17 Jun 2016 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano Portolano continued his meetings with high-ranking Lebanese officials in Beirut today as part of his farewell call with the authorities. Today, Major-General Portolano called on, separately, the Lebanese Minister of Interior, Nohad El Machnouk, and the Director General of the General Security, Major-General Abbas Ibrahim.

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