Friday, April 22, 2011

Remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice, regarding Lebanon, at a Security Council Debate on the Middle East

Susan E. Rice
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York, NY
April 21, 2011
Mr. President, let me now turn to Lebanon. We continue to urge that Lebanon’s constitutional process be followed as it forms its next government, and we encourage all parties to avoid threats or other actions that could cause instability in Lebanon and the region. This Council and the international community as a whole must remain firm in their support for Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence, resolute in their commitment to all Security Council resolutions related to Lebanon, and vigilant to threats to international peace and security. We likewise continue to support the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and we reiterate our call for all parties to refrain from any interference or attempts to influence its work.

The United States is pleased that during the April 14 incident along the Blue Line, both parties demonstrated restraint, and UNIFIL immediately dispatched patrols to defuse tension and prevent escalation. We continue to urge both parties to cooperate with UNIFIL in swiftly marking the entire Blue Line to help prevent such incidents. The parties must respect the Blue Line in its entirety.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kahwaji reviews means of cooperation with US official

NNA - 20/4/2011 - Lebanese Army Commander, General Jean Kahwaji, convened on Wednesday with the US Defense Attaché Joseph Rank the means to boost military cooperation between both armies.