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UNIFIL commander says some tension with Hezbollah

UNIFIL Commander Major General Michael Berry speaks to local press in Naqoura, southern Lebanon. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Zaatari)

NAQOURA, Lebanon: UNIFIL Commander Michael Beary Wednesday said that there have been tensions between the south Lebanon peacekeeping forces and Hezbollah, particularly "over the past three months."

Speaking to local press at the UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura, south Lebanon, he said that all parties want to avoid an escalation in violence.

“None of them want to re-experience what happened in 2006 or any previous incidents,” the UNIFIL chief said.

“The strategic relationship between UNIFIL and the Lebanese Army is going well and there is full coordination,” he added.

Beary also expressed the importance of the implementation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1701.

The resolution was unanimously approved on Aug. 11, 2006, in an effort to end the Israel-Lebanon conflict.

One of the key points of the resolution was the total disarmament of Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias.

 

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