Tripartite Meeting held on 11 May 2015

11 May 2015

Tripartite Meeting held on 11 May 2015

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 officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at the UN Position at Ras Al Naqoura crossing.

Relevant aspects of the recent Secretary-General's report on the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1701 were discussed, including air and ground violations, the ongoing visible marking of the Blue Line and the issue of withdrawal of Israeli forces from northern Ghajar.

The UNIFIL Head of Mission said: "I was encouraged to see the interest and commitment of both sides to use the tripartite mechanism to ensure good liaison and communication. This is the bedrock of guaranteeing that the current calm continues. I am grateful for the constructive approach demonstrated by both parties to improve the situation on the ground, to minimize and halt violations and to build on what has been achieved through the tripartite arrangements."

"I am pleased to report that the period since our last meeting has been calm in our area of operations. UNIFIL remains vigilant and continue to ensure that its deployment and activities are adjusted to the requirements of the situation on the ground."