UN holds talks in Beirut
U.N. Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous arrived in Beirut Tuesday for talks with Lebanese officials on the situation in the south and Security Council Resolution 1701.
Andrea Tenenti, spokesman for the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), said a meeting was underway between Ladsous and Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail in Downtown Beirut.
He said Ladsous, who will also visit other Lebanese officials, was accompanied by UNIFIL Force Commander Maj. Gen. Paolo Serra and U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly.
Tenenti said talks would focus on issues concerning UNIFIL, namely the situation in south Lebanon and U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which calls for a cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel.
Tenenti said Ladsous would later visit south Lebanon for a meeting with UNIFIL staff.