UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly listens to the Lebanese national anthem during a ceremony marking the U.N. Day in Beirut, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The United Nations supports the Lebanese Army's effort to maintain Lebanon's security, the Special Coordinator for Lebanon said at United Nations Day Friday."It's been a success in the sense that a number of countries, the United States, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, in different ways, but a lot of other countries too, have come forward with a lot of different assistance," he added.The special coordinator made the remarks following his speech at the U.N. Day 2014 event held at the Phoenicia Hotel to an audience of U.N. agencies' senior representatives. U.N. Day is celebrated Oct. 24 and marks the anniversary of the ratification of the U.N. Charter in 1945 . It is held to commemorate all the achievements of the U.N. and was first celebrated in 1948 . Plumbly went on to say that the international community was also united in supporting Lebanon, citing the International Support Group for Lebanon, which met at the New York General Assembly in September, as an example.Asked about the issue of the government's newly proposed refugee policy – which the Cabinet says will prevent all refugees crossing the border from Syria, except those with "extreme humanitarian cases," – Plumbly said the U.N. would wait to see more details.
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