"Total Concern" in the Spanish mission in Lebanon by Syria and Israel
Political and religious authorities of the area where the troops stand Spanish military efforts in the UN mission.
Political and religious authorities of southern Lebanon along the border with Israel, area of responsibility of the Spanish military mission, confessed their concern about the conflicts in Israel and Syria and described Spain as "a good friend", highlighting the "excellent" work of Spanish peacekeepers.
This has highlighted the district governor of Marjayoun, Wisam Al Hayek, the head of the Presbyterian Church, Fouad Anton, and the former mayor of Marjayoun and current employer, Kamel Morkos, for a few encounters with Spanish soldiers, in the presence of Efe a journalist "embedded" with the troops these days based in Marjayoun.
Al Hayek described as very fruitful relationship with the Spanish soldiers who "have given a different flavor" to the UNIFIL mission in Lebanon UN. "The Spanish base is a locality Marjayoun district," said the governor, who confessed that the Spanish presence is "good" but "we have a dilemma: we want you to go because that means that peace has been made final, but also to stay on the good relations that exist. "
He hoped that Spain and the UN mission remain committed to Lebanon, referring to the planned reduction of troops, estimated at 50% for 2013 by Defence Minister Peter Morenés. In this sense said that the Spanish authorities have assured that the troop reduction will not lead to changes in the nature of the mission.
Syria and Israel Concern
On the situation in the southern region, the governor admitted that there is "total concern" by the conflicts in Israel and Syria.
Spain currently has 992 soldiers deployed in Lebanon, and leads the Multinational Brigade, responsible for exercising command and control of the entire UN operation in the eastern sector of the southern strip of Lebanon, which extends from the Litani River to the Blue line separating Israel.
This brigade numbers about 4,000 troops, also comprised units from Indonesia, Nepal, India and Malaysia.