BEIRUT: U.N. Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous arrived in Beirut Tuesday for talks with Lebanese officials on the situation in the south and Security Council Resolution 1701.
Andrea Tenenti, spokesman for the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, said Ladsous met with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri after meeting Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut.
Berri said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remained a prime concern.
“The Palestinian cause is the key to everything that is happening; and highlighting this point at this time is more than necessary because the cause is in jeopardy after the volcano that exploded in Iraq,” Berri said after talks with Ladsous.
Tenenti said Ladsous, who will also visit other Lebanese officials, was accompanied by UNIFIL Force Commander Maj. Gen. Paolo Serra and U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly.
He said the talks would focus on issues concerning UNIFIL, namely the situation in south Lebanon and U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which calls for a cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel.
Tenenti said Ladsous would later visit south Lebanon for a meeting with UNIFIL staff.