11 January 2008
Secretary-General
SG/SM/11366

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SECRETARY-GENERAL STRONGLY CONDEMNS ATTACKS AGAINST PEACEKEEPERS IN LEBANON


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General strongly condemns the 8 January attack against a United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) vehicle on the coastal highway near the town of Saida ( Sidon), outside UNIFILís area of operations.† The attack lightly injured two military members of UNIFIL.


UNIFIL and the Lebanese authorities are cooperating and coordinating closely in the ongoing investigation.† The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators will be swiftly identified and brought to justice.


The Secretary-General is deeply disturbed by this latest attack on UNIFIL.† The security and safety of all United Nations personnel in Lebanon are of paramount importance.


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