BEIRUT: United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly recognized the difficult socio-economic situation in Tripoli Thursday, after a visit to Mufti Sheikh Malek al-Shaar, stressing the need for reconstruction and long term development projects.
“Tripoli now has an excellent opportunity to work in that direction. I warmly welcome the government's commitment in that regard, and its recent decision to fund several large-scale development projects here. I am also discussing with different UN agencies what more the United Nations can do to help,” said Plumbly.
The UN coordinator met with the Mufti and other political, religious and civil society representatives in Tripoli during the course of the day to discuss the situation in the city.
After touring Syria Street for the first time, the UN Special Coordinator praised a project where women from Jabal Mohsen and Bab El-Tabbaneh were working together.
“It speaks both to the need for sustainable projects, cooperation and reconciliation, and demonstrates how coexistence is at the very heart of what Lebanon stands for,” he said.
The UN coordinator paid tribute to the Army and the security forces for their efforts in safeguarding security and stability around the country.
“I was delighted to see its [Tripoli’s] residents able to move freely following the implementation [of the security plan],” said Plumbly, welcoming the development after years of armed clashes in the northern city.
“It is also an opportunity to recognize the difficult work of the Army and security forces in putting an end to terrorism, as we saw yesterday in Beirut,” he added.
Plumbly met with representatives from the Lebanese Army early this morning, to discuss the security situation.