Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesperson (Paris, January 29, 2015)

Lebanon – Violence in the Shebaa Farms area (January 28, 2015)

France condemns the attack carried out yesterday by Hezbollah in the Shebaa Farms area, during which two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven others were injured. It also condemns the violence that resulted in the death of a Spanish soldier serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and supports the investigation being carried out by the UN.

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families.

France condemns the violations of UNSCR 1701 and calls for respect for the Blue Line. It reaffirms its support for UNIFIL in its mission to maintain calm at the border and for the troop-contributing countries, especially Spain.

We call on all parties to do everything possible to avoid an escalation which would pose a serious risk to the region’s stability.