UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Stefano Del Col today chaired the first Tripartite meeting of 2021 at a UN position in Ras Al Naqoura. The meeting was convened in a curtailed format due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
In a press release by UNIFIL, it said: "Discussions focused on the situation along the Blue Line, air and ground violations, as well as other issues within the scope of UNIFIL’s mandate under UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and related resolutions.
While commending the cooperation of the parties in mitigating evolving challenges, Major General Del Col said any actions, especially adjacent to the Blue Line, must at all times be guided by principles of positive engagement through UNIFIL’s liaison and coordination mechanisms, prior notification, and respect for the Blue Line to reduce potential sources of tension.
“Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to find ways and means to maintain our operational tempo and to ensure that operational outputs are at no times reduced throughout the area of operations,” he told the delegations. “Our widely appreciated liaison and coordination mechanisms continue to play a key role in de-escalating tensions and its augmentation is a critical enabler.”