UNIFIL claims about the Beirut port explosion are unfounded – spokesperson

Claims that UNIFIL somehow played a role in the Beirut port explosion in 2020 are unfounded and unfounded, UNIFIL spokesperson Adrea Tenetti told Lebanon’s state National News Agency (NNA). .

The Lebanese Bar Association alleged that UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force (MTF), which is tasked with protecting Lebanon’s maritime border, failed to properly verify the ship that brought in the explosive materials in 2013, the BBC reported.

“The role of the UNIFIL MTF is to call the ships approaching Lebanon and refer any suspicious ships to the Lebanese authorities, who are responsible for carrying out the inspection of those ships independently,” Teneti told NNA. .

“UNIFIL cannot board and conduct a physical inspection of any vessel in Lebanese territorial waters unless specifically requested by the Lebanese authorities.

“The UNIFIL MTF is also not responsible for authorizing entry to Lebanese ports. This is again a sovereign prerogative of the Lebanese authorities.

A UN peacekeepers (UNIFIL) vehicle drives in the village of Adaisseh, near the Lebanon-Israel border, in southern Lebanon, on August 6, 2021. (Credit: REUTERS / AZIZ TAHER)

“As such, after a ship has been referred to the Lebanese authorities, UNIFIL has no involvement unless the Lebanese authorities request further assistance within the scope of UNIFIL’s mandate.”

This is a developing story.


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