Lebanon and Israel don’t talk to each other directly, so UNIFIL acts as a mediator. UNIFIL’s Liaison Branch is part of this mechanism. With the conflicting parties – Lebanon and Israel – still technically in a state of war, when tensions are high any violation of the Blue Line, any inadvertent movement in the area, or any imprudent remark may cause an eruption of violence. Only an enduring UNIFIL presence all along the Blue Line can ensure that the smallest incident will not escalate into a greater crisis.
225- Salam from the South - Liaison Mechanism in UNIFIL (in English) | 06 December 2021
224- Salam from the South - Strategic Partners (in English) | 25 November 2021
UNIFIL is working in south Lebanon to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces in the area. Close cooperation between LAF and UNIFIL is of paramount importance in order to preserve calm in the area and assist local communities.
223- Salam from the South - Joint Exercises (in English) | 08 November 2021
Under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, UNIFIL supports the Lebanese Armed Forces in providing security and stability in south Lebanon as well as enhancing their capacities and capabilities through joint activities and trainings.
222 - Salam from the South - UNIFIL supports LAF medical facility in Tyre (in English) | 11 October 2021
UNIFIL is striving to support the Lebanese Armed Forces, its strategic partner, through the unprecedented crises as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the socio-economic situation. Recently, the medical facility within the main Lebanese Armed Forces barracks in Tyre was refurbished with the support of UNIFIL’s Italian Battalion.
221 - Salam from the South - UNIFIL Supports Lebanese Red Cross (in English) | 27 September 2021
Due to the unprecedented crisis represented by the compounded effect of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the socio-economic crises experienced by Lebanon, UNIFIL extended a helping hand to the Lebanese Red Cross.
220 - Salam from the South - Tripartite Meetings (in English) | 20 August 2021
Tripartite meetings are very sensitive meetings, so discreet that no recordings are allowed to be made of them. They are the only forum where representatives of the two parties, Lebanon and Israel, who are technically at war, regularly meet face-to-face for indirect talks. In this radio episode, you will find out more about UNIFIL’s unique Tripartite forum.
219 - Salam from the South - Shoulder to Shoulder in the Sea (in English) | 26 July 2021
Since the first United Nations naval peacekeeping force in history was deployed in 2006, UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force has been providing all possible support to the Lebanese Navy not only in monitoring the Lebanese territorial waters but also in enhancing the navy’s own capabilities. The results of such cooperation are remarkable.
218 - Salam from the South - Sharing youthful energy (in English) | 07 July 2021
According to UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander, Major-General Stefano Del Col, each young peacekeeper makes a crucial contribution to international peace and security. Each young peacekeeper brings energy and hope to their mission, values we can never have in short supply in this difficult job. In this radio episode, we will introduce to you two young peacekeepers serving within UNIFIL in south Lebanon.
217 - Salam from the South - Enhancing Strategic Cooperation with the LAF (in English) | 17 June 2021
Recently UNIFIL handed over one of its positions, near the village of At Tiri, to the Lebanese Armed Forces. This will help support LAF in its deployment in the south, which is crucial to maintaining peace and stability in the region.
216- Salam from the South – UNIFIL Head of Mission comments on recent incidents along the Blue Line (in English) | 7 June 2021
In three different incidents in May 2021, rockets were launched from Lebanese territory towards Israel, threatening the relative calm and stability that the area has enjoyed since 2006. UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Stefano Del Col describes what happened, and how UNIFIL’s liaison and coordination mechanisms helped ensure the incidents did not escalate into conflict.