Lebanon Mine Action Center (LMAC) Director, Brigadier General Jihad Al Bechelany, and LMAC Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QAQC) Section Head, Colonel Ahmed Lababidi, paid a courtesy call on the ISU Director, Ms. Sheila N. Mweemba, on 4 November 2019.
Lebanon is one of the 11 States Parties under the CCM with an obligation to clear and destroy cluster munition remnants located in cluster munition contaminated areas under its jurisdiction or control. At the 9MSP in September 2019, Lebanon had reported that due to a number of challenges it would not be able to meet its Article 4 deadline of 1 May 2021 and had begun preparing its extension request. Lebanon recently submitted a draft of the request for the ISU to make an initial determination to ensure that the request would not lack any component.
During the courtesy call, the LMAC Director and the QAQC Section Head discussed with the ISU Director whether the extension request contained all the necessary information required under Article 4 of the Convention. The GICHD’s Cooperation Programmes Coordinator, Ms. Rana Elias, was also invited to participate in the in-depth exchange.