Aoun holds discussions with U.N. peacekeeping deputy Lacroix in Baabda. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Aoun Monday informed a U.N. peacekeeping delegation that Lebanon wanted the situation in south Lebanon to remain calm but was ready to defend itself against Israeli aggression. Speaking during a meeting with the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix at the Baabda Palace, Aoun pointed out to Israel's near-daily violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 and its violation to Lebanon's airspace in order to strike Syria.Lacroix also said UNIFIL cooperated well with Lebanese authorities.Over the weekend Lacroix made his first visit to U.N. peacekeeping forces in south Lebanon since taking up his position last April.The strong cooperation between Lebanon and UNIFIL was also discussed between Lacroix and Prime Minister Saad Hariri.Earlier in the day, Aoun met with Lebanese Army commander Gen. Joseph Aoun at the Army's headquarters in Yarze, discussing the security situation and the Army's needs, an Army statement reported.
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