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UNIFIL thanks Lebanon for support

An Italian peacekeeper and Lebanese children paint on a wall inside of the UNIFIL's headquarters as they mark the International Day of Peace in the southern town of Naqoura, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: The acting head of the U.N. Interim Forces in Lebanon marked International Day of U.N. Peacekeepers Thursday by praising the Lebanese Army, government and people for their support over the years.

The Lebanese Army has continued to be an “excellent partner in the performance of our duties,” said Brig. Gen. Tarundeep Kumar, at a ceremony to celebrate the occasion at UNIFL’s headquarters in Naqoura, according to a statement issued by UNIFIL.

Kumar addressed the government and the people of south Lebanon saying: “Only with your collaboration and friendship, UNIFL has been able to advance the implementation of our mandated tasks.”

We will continue to work closely with the LAF, the Lebanese authorities and our U.N. partners to fulfill our mandated tasks,” he added.

This commemoration day is internationally celebrated to honor the memory of the U.N. peacekeepers who have lost their lives performing their duties.

Kumar and Brig. Gen. Cherbel Abou Khalil, representing the Army commander during the ceremony, laid wreaths at the UNIFIL cenotaph in memory of the 304 UNIFIL peacekeepers who lost their lives in the line of duty in south Lebanon.





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