Kaag visits Bekaa, hails efforts of Lebanese army and security forces to safeguard country’s security

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY LEBANON) In a press release by the United Nations Office of the Special Coordinator for Lebanon, it said: “UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag today said the United Nations continues to support Lebanon as it faces the impact of the conflict in Syria. In the course of her visit to the Bekaa, she expressed her appreciation for Lebanon’s residents in host communities for their generosity and solidarity with the refugees from Syria.”

Release added: “In the Bekaa, the Special Coordinator met with parliamentarians from Baalbeck and from Zahleh and the Western Bekaa; with the Governor of the northern Bekaa and with the local authorities of Baalbeck. Her discussions covered the main political and security developments but also the humanitarian and socio-economic challenges of the area.”

Noting the presence of over 410,000 refugees from Syria in the Bekaa, the Special Coordinator also referenced the importance of sustained assistance to reinforce stability and stabilisation of Lebanon, benefitting the Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese host communities alike.

“This is not about differentiation, it is about human dignity, to support the most vulnerable,” the Special Coordinator said. Timely and targeted assistance by all partners would be important to ensure that needs continue to be met. “Safety, security, protection and human rights are needed to ensure the stabilization of Lebanon” the Special Coordinator said.

During her tour, the Special Coordinator visited a Syrian refugee site in Fayda/Omarieh and listened to the concerns by the refugees. She also visited a solar panel installation, set up in the village of Terbol with the assistance of the Municipality of Terbol and UNDP to serve all residents of the area.

Regarding the security situation along Lebanon’s eastern borders with Syria, the Special Coordinator praised the efforts of the Lebanese army and security forces to safeguard the country’s security and stability.