Good morning everybody,
I am very grateful that His Excellency the President gave me the audience less than 24 hours after my arrival as the new UN Special Coordinator and political representative of the United Nations here in the country.
Of course, I used the opportunity to congratulate His Excellency on the fact that now the government is in place. I expressed also my hope that today and tomorrow’s session of the Parliament will take the next necessary steps.
But the most important message was to confirm that we, as the United Nations system and UNSCOL, will continue our cooperation with and support to the programs of the government. We will try to facilitate also discussion on how to resolve certain issues that are very much under the mandate given to us by the UN Security Council Resolution 1701. I informed His Excellency that in the second half of March there will be another discussion of the Security Council on the report of the Secretary General on the implementation of this resolution.
I once again recommit the UN system to work in very close partnership with both the authorities of the State and with the people of the country to be a partner and facilitator in all the areas important for the country.
We discussed also the regional context, not only in relation to Israel but also the developments in the broader region starting with Syria and not least the situation of the Syrian refugees and the need of the international community to facilitate both the humanitarian situation but also to help development, social development, economic development, investment problems of the government.
So, it was a very substantive meeting, although it was the first one. I was very pleased and very honoured that His Excellency discussed with me very substantive issues and gave us a certain guidance as regards our future cooperation.
UN Special Coordinator Ján Kubiš
Remarks after Meeting Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil
Beirut, 11 February
I am extremely honored to be received some three or four hours after my arrival to the country by His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs and other high officials of the country. I take this as a very positive gesture. I take this also with a feeling of indebtedness, if you wish, because I feel I need to quickly reciprocate it by working together as excellent partners with both the country and the new government to make us even more relevant.
We, the UN and UNSCOL – which I will be heading as of now –we have a long history of working together with Lebanon and a long history of being of help and assistance to Lebanon. I can only pledge that in my work and the work of my colleagues we will do our best not to continue but to reinforce and to bring this partnership and cooperation to the next level, notably as regards the implementation of all our mandates, notably Resolution 1701 but also in working together with other parts of the United Nations to be a good and trusted partner of the country.
Thank you very much.
UN Special Coordinator Ján Kubiš Arrives in Lebanon
Beirut, 11 February
Mr. Ján Kubiš arrived today in Beirut to take up his new position as United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon. He was received by an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Beirut Rafik Hariri international airport.
“I am very pleased to be here in Beirut at a time when Lebanon is also embarking on a new phase after the formation of the government,” Mr.Kubiš said on arrival. “I look forward to supporting this renewed momentum in close partnership with the Lebanese authorities, political leaders, civil society and other partners in Lebanon and the international community towards a process for sustainable peace, security and stability in Lebanon,” the Special Coordinator added.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Mr. Kubiš (Slovakia) on 9 January. He brings with him many years of experience in diplomacy, foreign security policy, and international economic relations, both internationally and in his own country.
Thank you very much.