Lebanese army, UNIFIL commanders discuss tensions with residents

16:02, July 06, 2010      

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Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) commander General Jean Kahwaji discussed Monday with United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) commander General Alberto Asarta Cuevas ways to increase coordination and cooperation between the LAF and UNIFIL.

The country's state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported that Kahwaji and Asarta Cuevas met to talk about ways to strengthen the peacekeeping force's relationship with local residents.

A statement issued by the army said the meeting stressed that the incidents will not affect the implementation of the UN force's mission in Lebanon.

Kahwaji said Lebanon upholds UN Security Council resolution 1701 which ended the 2006 Israeli war with Hezbollah.

Kahwaji warned of "the Israeli enemy's repeated attempts to retaliate against Lebanon."

UN special coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams on Friday expressed his concerns over south Lebanese citizens' protests against UN peacekeeping force.

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