UNIFIL: Investigations into tragic loss of life of UNIFIL peacekeeper still ongoing

FEBRUARY 20, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) In a press release by UNIFIL on Friday, it said: “Some recent media reports have speculated on the circumstances of death of UNIFIL Spanish peacekeeper Lance Corporal Francisco Javier Soria Toledo during the serious developments across the Blue Line on 28 January. These media reports have been attributed to unnamed UNIFIL sources.”

“It should be noted that UNIFIL investigations into the incidents of 28 January 2015, including the tragic loss of life of the UNIFIL peacekeeper, are still ongoing,” press release said.

“As per established procedure, UNIFIL investigations are carried out in cooperation with both the parties and, once completed, UNIFIL shares the findings with the parties and with UN headquarters,” release added.

Release said: “Given the seriousness of the day’s events that had a dangerous potential to escalate and endanger further innocent lives, it is imperative to thoroughly investigate and determine the facts and circumstances of the incidents, as well as identify measures to prevent their recurrence. This is the focus of UNIFIL.”

“In the meantime, speculation of this nature only serves to undermine the common interest of all concerned,” release said.

Release concluded: “UNIFIL Spokesperson stands ready to address any media queries on this or other issues pertaining to the Mission.”