U.N. Special Coordinator Voices 'Deep Concern' over Tayyouneh Unrest
U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka expressed "deep concern" Thursday over the outbreaks of violence that took place in and around Tayyouneh and resulted in several deaths and injuries.
Condemning the "use of armed violence outside of state authority," she underscored the need for restraint and for maintaining calm and stability and ensuring the protection of civilians.
Noting the "dangerous" increase in polarization in the context of the Beirut port explosion investigation, the Special Coordinator underscored "the utmost responsibility of Lebanon’s leaders to place the interests of the country first at this critical juncture."
“Lifting Lebanon out of its current crisis and moving forward on reforms requires the efficient functioning of the state’s legislative, executive and judicial institutions,” she said.
“Now is the time for all sides to support judicial independence in the interest of the people,” she added.
The Special Coordinator also reiterated the U.N.'s "unwavering support for Lebanon and its people."