U.N. of­fi­cial urges new govt for Le­banon’s se­cu­rity

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

BEIRUT: The act­ing U.N. spe­cial co­or­di­na­tor for Le­banon en­cour­aged swift govern­ment for­ma­tion dur­ing a visit Thurs­day to the east­ern bases of the Le­banese Armed Forces, a state­ment from the co­or­di­na­tor’s of­fice re­ported. At a bor­der watch­tower in Baal­beck, re­cently con­structed with sup­port from the U.K., Pernille Dahler Kardel stressed the need for a con­sen­sus govern­ment “so that Le­banon can fully ben­e­fit from co­or­di­nated in­ter­na­tional sup­port to the [Army] and other se­cu­rity agen­cies for Le­banon’s long-term se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity.” Kardel vis­ited the 4th Land Bor­der Reg­i­ment Com­mand in Baal­beck and the Army’s air base and Cen­tral Train­ing Cen­ter for Bor­der Man­age­ment in Riyaq, re­mark­ing on Le­banon’s progress in im­prov­ing se­cu­rity along its north­east­ern bor­der. The state­ment re­ported Kardel as say­ing, “It is clear … that the [Army] is mak­ing im­por­tant strides … by de­ploy­ing land bor­der reg­i­ments and con­struct­ing watch­tow­ers that are used in the con­text of coun­tert­er­ror­ism, anti-smug­gling and anti-traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tions.” –

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