Press releases

  • UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary salutes the UN flag during a ceremony marking United Nations Day at UNIFIL Headquarters on 24 October 2017.

    24 Oct 2017 - On UN Day, UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary today highlighted the importance of working together to achieve a lasting peace in south Lebanon. Speaking at an event marking the 72nd United Nations Day at the UN Mission’s headquarters in Naqoura, Major General Beary said UNIFIL looks forward to a time when it can hand over authority for the area south of the Litani River to the sovereign Government of Lebanon. 
  • 19 Oct 2017 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary attended a Town Hall meeting today with local authorities, including the Qaymaqam of Marjayoun, Wissam El Hayek, Lebanese Army and other security representatives based in the eastern sector of the UNIFIL area of operations in south Lebanon. 
  • UNIFIL head Major General Beary and Minister Ezzeddine review the guard of honour at UNIFIL headquarters.

    13 Oct 2017 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary and Lebanon’s Minister of State for Administrative Reforms, Dr. Inaya Ezzeddine, today discussed capacity building, joint activities carried out by the Mission in close coordination with local communities and issues related to the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1701. 
  • 10 Oct 2017 - UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary today met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut.  Major General Beary congratulated the Prime Minister on the success of the Lebanese Government and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) in recent military operations and commended the LAF and its leadership.
  • UNIFIL Chief Major-General Michael Beary pays tribute to 325 UNIFIL peacekeepers, who lost their lives while serving the cause of peace in south Lebanon.

    03 Oct 2017 - The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today held a ceremony to commemorate the International Day of Peace at its headquarters in Naqoura. Peacekeepers representing the 41 national contingents in UNIFIL were joined at the event by representatives of the local authorities, religious leaders, Lebanese armed and security forces and members of the international community.
  • 22 Sep 2017 - During his visit to the UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura today, Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) General Joseph Aoun discussed with the UN Mission’s leadership enhanced coordinated activities between LAF and UNIFIL in the area between the Litani River and the Blue Line in south Lebanon.
  • 19 Sep 2017 - 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.
  • Lebanese Minister of Defense Yaacoub Sarraf addresses UNIFIL and LAF officials at UNIFIL headquarters after his meeting with UNIFIL Commander Major General Beary. 

    11 Sep 2017 - The Minister of National Defense of Lebanon, Yaacoub Riad Sarraf, today visited UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura as well as the main base of UNIFILs French-led Force Commander
  • 31 Aug 2017 - The United Nations Security Council yesterday voted unanimously to renew UNIFIL’s mandate under Security Council resolution 1701, expressing a strong commitment to the existing mandate.  UNIFIL will continue to work to fulfill the mandate to its fullest in order to preserve the stability and calm in its area of operations in south Lebanon, which has already lasted for an unprecedented 11 years. 
  • From right to left: UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary, Lebanese Government Representative to UNIFIL Brigadier General Malik Chamas, LAF Navy Commander Rear Admiral Majed Alwan and MTF Commander Rear Admiral Sergio Fernando de Amaral Chaves Jr. observe a training exercise at sea outside the Beirut Port.

    23 Aug 2017 - As part of its ongoing support to the Lebanese Armed Forces Navy (LAF-N), UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force (MTF) today conducted a joint training with LAF Navy personnel off the coast of Beirut Port.  The demanding two-hour boarding exercise – involving the UNIFIL flagship “UNIÃO” (Brazil), helicopters and patrol boats – helps to further the full operational capability of the LAF Navy as well as enhance UNIFIL-MTF’s inter-operational capability with the Navy. 

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