Plumbly Sounds Alarm Bell on International 'Trust' in Lebanon

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly warned that the vacuum in the presidency would impact the international community's trust in Lebanon.

In remarks to As Safir daily published on Monday, Plumbly said: “We've seen a tangible progress in the formation of Prime Minister Tammam Salam's government and the implementation of the security plan.”

“We've also felt a considerable change in the security atmosphere due to the understanding between the political leaders,” he said.

But the diplomat reiterated his call for the immediate election of a new head of state, saying “We are concerned that the vacuum in the presidency would impact trust in Lebanon.”

Plumbly spoke to As Safir on the eve of a conference in Rome in support of the Lebanese army.

Tuesday's conference will bring together the representatives of 40 states and international organizations.

Despite his warning of trust, Plumbly said support to the army has so far not been affected by the failure to elect a president on time.

The Rome conference will be an opportunity to study the additional needs of the army, he added.



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