The United Nations Won’t Be Withdrawing From Lebanon

UN Denies Speculations That It Will Withdraw From Lebanon

The dismissed the claim that it will withdraw its employees from and/or cease its operations in , declaring that “these speculations are unfounded.”

In an official statement released by Special Coordinator for , Ján Kubiš, the organization said:

“The is concerned to confirm that it does not plan to stop its operations or to evacuate its personnel from .”

“On the contrary,” he declared, “the support provided by the through its activities and operations continues, and is growing at a faster rate, regardless of the challenges that have arisen from the emerging coronavirus epidemic.”

The statement concluded with the assurance that the UN is “committed to continuing its support for and its people during this very challenging period.”

The false news that has recently been circulating social media claims that the intergovernmental organization has asked its staff in to prepare their passports, implying an evacuation from in the near future.

Notably, was the first location for the UN-ESCWA, or the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, after it was founded in August 1973.

The UN House remained in until 1982 before being moved to Baghdad, (1982-1991), then to Amman, Jordan (1991-1997).

In 1997, ESCWA returned to its original location in the Lebanese capital, which has since been its permanent headquarters.

A few days ago, a United Nations World Food Program convoy of 39 trucks sparked controversy when it was intercepted by protesters in while transporting food to .

On a side note, the issue of diesel fuel, food, and other commodities to Syria has been a hot topic in Lebanon, especially in light of the pandemic, the financial crisis, and the overall economic and political instability.

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