Acting UN Special Coordinator Pernille Dahler Kardel Welcomes Lebanese Army CIMIC and Demining Activities in South Lebanon

Acting UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Pernille Dahler Kardel today attended the inauguration of the LAF regional Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) centre for south Lebanon in Marjayoun, which was established with the support of UNIFIL and Government of Spain.

I am encouraged to see this inauguration reflecting Lebanon's international commitments including to Resolution 1701, in particular in expanding state authority, the Acting UN Special Coordinator said. Activities like those of CIMIC play an important role in addressing security threats through engagement between military and civil communities, she added.

The Acting Special Coordinator then visited a site in Meis El-Jabal, also in south Lebanon, where the Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC) of the Lebanese army with the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), supported by UNDP, are conducting demining activities. I am very impressed by the work that is being done, often in difficult and dangerous conditions, to expand the territory of the area where residents can live and work, safe from the threat of mines, Ms. Kardel said. She welcomed the progress made in clearing south Lebanon from landmines, cluster munities and unexploded ordnance.

Ms. Kardel underlined the United Nations' continued commitment to supporting efforts to safeguard Lebanon's security, stability and sovereignty. -- Press release

Source: National News Agency