Lebanon: UN military advisor visits SW UNIFIL Blue Helmets

(To Greater Defense)

The United Nations military advisor, Senegalese general Birame Diop, visited the command of the West Sector of UNIFIL and the Italian contingent in Lebanon.

The high officer was welcomed by Brigadier General Massimiliano Stecca, commander of the sector and of the Joint Task Force Italian in Lebanon (JTF L-SW), who illustrated to General Diop all the activities in progress, updating him on the operational situation of the Italian-led sector.

The delegation, accompanied by the commander of Sector West, subsequently visited the forward base on the Blue Line (demarcation line between the Lebanese and Israeli territories) called UNP 5-42, controlled by the Ghanaian Blue Helmets. 

General Diop, in office since May 2021, is the military adviser to the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations and provides political affairs advice and field support to the Secretary-General and the United Nations Security Council.

The Italian mission in Lebanon is currently led by a cavalry brigade Pozzuolo del Friuli, in his sixth term in the Land of the Cedars with the colors of the United Nations, which he is responsible for West Sector of UNIFIL in which 3800 UN peacekeepers operate from 16 of the 46 contributing countries to the UN mission and of which about 1.000 Italian soldiers are part of.

The Italian Blue Helmets operate in Lebanon with impartiality and transparency, close to the Blue Line (blue line), demarcation line with Israel, to ensure stability in the area for over 15 years, monitoring the cessation of hostilities, assisting and supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and providing support to the local population.