United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Friday, July 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Despite the absence of a president, the international community remains committed to supporting Lebanese security services, which are "desperately stretched," according to U.N. Special Coordinator Derek Plumbly.Plumbly downplayed the significance of the act.Despite Hezbollah's classification as a terrorist organization by some foreign governments, Plumbly said this cooperation was "not a concern" for the United Nations or other international actors.And while the specter of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) looms large across Lebanon, Plumbly suggested it was unlikely the terrorist organization would make inroads in the country as it has done elsewhere in the region. With respect to the ongoing Israeli offensive on Gaza, Plumbly said that despite a number of rockets launched from Lebanon toward Israel, there was little indication hostilities between the two countries would escalate.The Syrian crisis, which has brought more than 1.1 million refugees to Lebanon, also remains a high priority for U.N. officials, Plumbly said.
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