24 June 2013

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

Deeply Concerned over Events in Lebanon, Secretary-General Condemns Attacks

Against Army, Stressing Need to Respect State Authority


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

The Secretary-General is following with deep concern the latest developments in Sidon, in Lebanon.† He condemns the attacks on the Lebanese Armed Forces which have led to serious losses in the army.† He extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Lebanon.

The Secretary-General stresses that all in Lebanon should fully respect the authority of the State and its institutions under the leadership of President [Michel] Sleiman, in particular the Lebanese Armed Forces, whose role is essential to protect all Lebanese.† The international community remains united in its support for Lebanonís sovereignty, security and stability.

The Secretary-General reminds all concerned in Lebanon of their responsibility to avoid conflict and uphold the principles of mutual respect and coexistence in order to preserve Lebanonís national unity.

* *** *

For information media • not an official record