Some of the UNIFIL positions along the Blue Line are remote. To mark the end of the year Major General Michael Beary, UNIFIL’s Head of Mission and Force Commander, chose to visit a number of these isolated posts to chat with the peacekeepers who are working over the festive season.
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.
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.
Tala al-Zain from Cadmous College, a school in Tyre, points at a bowl on a table heaving with tasty Korean food and asks a UNIFIL peacekeeper from the Republic of Korea, “Is this potato?” She gets a nod, tastes the dish and beams. Then quickly takes another bite.
Michael Haddad, the guest speaker, was inspiring. He spoke openly about the challenges he overcame after he was declared 75 per cent paralyzed from a Jet Ski accident at the young age of six. To date he has hiked across mountains, broken records and received countless awards.
Sobhi Sleem, engineer and project manager, switches a button and the pumps at Deir Mimess Water Treatment plant whirr into life. The sound is quite unfamiliar in Deir Mimess as for the last number of years this sewage treatment plant fell into disrepair and stopped functioning.
During his introductory meeting with local authorities and religious leaders from south-western Lebanon, head of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Major General Michael Beary today underlined the importance of cooperation between UN peacekeepers and the host community in order to sustain t