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Plumbly visits Blue Line in wake of ordnance explosion

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly speaks in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: The United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly visited South Lebanon Tuesday, including an area along the Blue Line, a day after an explosion in the southern village of Tayr Harfa.

The village’s mayor attributed the explosion, which caused no casualties but shattered windows in at least three houses, to unexploded ordnance fired into Lebanon by Israel in the 2006 war.

Hours after the blast Israeli warplanes flew over the area, a frequent occurrence that is in violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which formally ended the 2006 war.

Plumbly visited the eastern sector of the Blue Line and was briefed by UNIFIL in Lebanon officers on the work of the international force, which comprises 11,585 peacekeepers from 37 different countries, there.

The role and capacity of UNIFIL was boosted following the 2006 war.

Also Tuesday, Plumbly visited various local development projects and met with officials.

“I was very pleased to see how the U.N. and local communities are working together to convert unused lands and render them more productive,” Plumbly said at a meeting with farmers after visiting an agriculture project supported by the United Nations Development Program in Marjayoun.

In Shebaa, he was briefed on a sewage project undertaken in the Wastan neighborhood by UNIFIL in cooperation with the local municipality.

He met separately with local authorities in Marjayoun and Shebaa, and with members of Parliament in Tyre.

During all his meetings, he emphasized the link between security and stability, according to a statement from Plumbly’s office.

He said this link was made possible in south Lebanon by the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701, and the longer term development of the region.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 19, 2012, on page 3.

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