The Presidency of the European Union condemns in the strongest possible terms the perfidious attack on Spanish UNIFIL troops in southern Lebanon on Sunday (24 June), which claimed the lives of six members of the Spanish contingent and injured a number of others. The Presidency expresses its sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, and wishes those injured a speedy and complete recovery.
The perpetrators of this murderous attack must be identified and brought to justice as quickly as possible. We call upon all forces in Lebanon to work together to this end. The UNIFIL soldiers stationed in Lebanon on behalf of the international community are charged with helping Lebanon to protect its sovereignty and independence, promote stability in the country and allow all Lebanese people to live in peace and self-determination.
The Presidency once again urges all forces in Lebanon and the region to take a determined stand against violence and to support the efforts of the United Nations unreservedly.