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UN warns tensions on Blue Line increase risk of war

United Nations, July 5 (Prensa Latina) The rise in tensions on both sides of the Blue Line increases risk of a large-scale war, the UN warned today, insisting on the need to stop the escalation.

A statement released by the agency highlighted the risk that a miscalculation could lead to a sudden and broader conflagration after hostilities between Lebanon and Israel increased as a result of the conflict in Gaza.

“A political and diplomatic solution is the only viable way forward,” added the text released by the spokesperson for the UN Secretary General (António Guterres), Stéphane Dujarric.

As part of the dialogues extended by the United Nations force on the Blue Line, known as UNIFIL, representatives of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Lebanese Parliament visited the offices of the peace mission on Thursday to express their support for the blue helmets and the resolution 1701.

On that same day, the UN special coordinator, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, met with Lebanese officials, including the president of Parliament, Nabih Berri, and the interim prime minister, Najib Mikati.

The representative agreed on the need to reduce tension along the entire Blue Line.

Friday’s statement echoed those calls to urge the parties to immediately return to a cessation of hostilities and to recommit to the full implementation of resolution 1701, adopted in 2006 by the Security Council.

These regulations require maintaining the ceasefire at the limit defined by the Blue Line, in addition to the departure of Israeli and Lebanese troops from both sides.

Since October 7, the Blue Line that separates Lebanon and Israel has also been the scene of confrontation that has caused deaths along with the displacement of populations on both sides of it.

The border guarded by UN blue helmets was established by the organization on June 7, 2000 to determine whether Israel had withdrawn from Lebanon.