Statement by UNIFIL HoM/FC to MPs (16 December 2022)

16 Dec 2022

Statement by UNIFIL HoM/FC to MPs (16 December 2022)

I want to thank the Members of the Lebanese Parliament who are here today, and your colleagues who couldn’t be here, for your kind words, solidarity, and support.

We have been touched by the outpouring of condolences and support from the Lebanese authorities, including yourselves.

UNIFIL is here in Lebanon at the invitation of the Lebanese government, and we share a common goal of implementing Security Council Resolution 1701.

Wednesday night’s tragic events have not shaken our commitment.

As we mourn the loss of Private Sean Rooney, a young Irish soldier full of hope and promise, and send our thoughts and prayers for the full recovery of Private Shane Kearney, we will only redouble our efforts to accomplish our mandate, in their honour.

The Secretary General has urged a swift investigation by relevant authorities to determine the facts, and we look forward to cooperating with the Lebanese authorities on this.

On behalf of the mission and all of our peacekeepers, I thank you for your steadfast support.