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Statement of UN Special Coordinator Derek Plumbly after Meeting Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri

Beirut, 17 July 2013
First, I would like to wish all a Ramadan kareem as this is my first press encounter since the beginning of the month of Ramadan. I had two very good meetings today, first with Prime Minister-designate Tamam Salam and just now with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. We discussed the latest developments in Lebanon and the region.

In both meetings I stressed that the best way to safeguard Lebanon’s stability during this period was through reinforcing and respecting Lebanon’s state institutions. In this context the delay in forming a new government is a matter of concern. I know that Speaker Berri very much shares this concern. I encourage all sides to engage with the Prime Minister-designate on the formation of his government.

Speaker Berri briefed me about the session that could have been held with regards to the extension of military appointments. In this context, I would like to say that the Lebanese army is a vital partner for the United Nations in Lebanon. We very much hope that this problem, the problem of a possible vacuum in senior army positions, is resolved as soon as possible.

I also briefed Speaker Berri on my recent trip to New York and I told him that the international community remains united in its determination to support Lebanon’s sovereignty, security and stability. The international community has also stressed the importance of returning to Lebanon’s dissociation policy and the Baabda Declaration, as did his Excellency the President in his statement yesterday. This international unity was reflected in the presidential statement released by the Security Council last week and in all my meetings in New York.
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