Portolano to Berri: No to further escalation
Sat 31 Jan 2015 at 13:00
NNA – No to further escalation in the sector under UNIFIL jurisdiction, peace-keepers’ Commander Luciano Portolano, reportedly told House Speaker Nabih Berri after meeting with him at his Beirut office today.
Having discussed the present situation in south Lebanon, Portolano expressed deep grief at the tragic death of the Spanish peace-keeper at the hands of the Israelis; he also thanked Speaker Berri for his relentless efforts to pacify the situation and maintain calm in the south.
The general also conveyed a special message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in which he demanded the honouring of the 8-year-old truce for the wellbeing of the civilian population as he said.
As we continue to patrol all sectors in conjunction with the Lebanese armed forces, we remain focused on implementing UN Security Council Resolution # 1701 for the safety of all civilians living in the South, he concluded.