New York

24 June 2013

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Lebanon

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 Sleiman, in particular the Lebanese Armed Forces whose role is essential to protect all Lebanese. The international community remains united in its support for Lebanon’s 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 Lebanon’s national unity.