UNIFIL chief calls for agreement over disputed area along Blue Line

Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Stefano Del Col urged Monday to reach an agreement on disputed area along the Blue Line.

Del Col’s remarks came during a regular tripartite meeting with senior officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Israel Defense Forces at the UN position in Ras Al Naqoura.

Del Col cautioned that unilateral action could potentially escalate tension and must be avoided, while calling on the parties to avail themselves of the UNIFIL liaison and coordination arrangements.

“Our priority is to maintain calm along the Blue Line and to create the right conditions to facilitate potential agreement on some of the larger contentious issues,” Del Col was quoted as saying in a statement released by the UNIFIL.

The UNIFIL head commended the parties for their continued cooperation with UNIFIL in preserving the cessation of hostilities, adding that “only through dialogue can we hope to achieve a sustainable peace.”