Thu, 23 Mar 2023

BEIRUT, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Tuesday called on Lebanon and Israel to reduce tension along the Blue Line.

"Through 2023, we must prioritize maintaining the cessation of hostilities," UNIFIL Chief Aroldo Lazaro Saenz said, adding "we should seek to de-escalate and reduce tensions along the Blue Line."

Lazaro made the remarks during a regular tripartite meeting held at a UN position in Ras al-Naqoura in southern Lebanon.

Noting that there has not been a serious escalation or breach in the cessation of hostilities since November last year, the UNIFIL head nonetheless noted increased tension along the Blue Line, which was drawn in June, 2000 after the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon on May 25, 2000.

According to its latest data, UNIFIL has about 9,923 peacekeepers from 48 countries.

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