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Statement of UN's Plumbly after meeting Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri

Beirut, Lebanon

Thursday, 6 November 2014

I had a good meeting with Speaker Berri. I briefed him on the Secretary-General’s report on resolution 1701 which issues today in New York. We welcomed the continued calm prevailing along the Blue Line and in the south. We of course discussed the situation in Lebanon and yesterday’s vote in the Parliament to extend its mandate.

This has spared Lebanon a further serious vacuum in the institutions of the State but it is a matter of regret that Lebanon, with its strong democratic tradition, remains unable to hold the parliamentary election. The United Nations remains ready to support preparations for parliamentary elections in Lebanon at any time.

 

I hope that Parliament will be able to move without delay to elect a President. The United Nations Secretary-General in his report again urges Lebanon’s leaders to show the sense of urgency and flexibility needed to open the way to the election of a President. Its importance for Lebanon’s unity and the ability of the State to confront present challenges is obvious. Hence its importance for all of us, the international community and the Lebanese people alike.

 

Thank you.

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