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3 August 2010 - Serious incidents along the blue line between Israel and Lebanon - Statement by Mr. Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs

(Unofficial translation)

"I deeply deplore the serious incidents that took place today along the blue line between Israel and Lebanon, during which an Israeli soldier was killed along with three Lebanese soldiers and a Lebanese journalist.

I call on the parties to demonstrate their sense of responsibility and to show their full respect for the blue line in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1701.

We expect UNIFIL to get to the bottom of this incident so that responsibilities may be established and adequate measures taken.

As we emphasized today to the Lebanese and Israeli authorities, everything must be done to avoid the repetition of such incidents in the future, as well as any escalation in violence that could jeopardize the stability of the region, to which France is particularly attached."



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