BEIRUT, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Derek Plumbly, stressed Monday the importance for the Lebanese to exercise self-restraint and cooperate with security forces to confront the challenges, calling on them to unite.
Following his meeting with caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Plumbly told reporters that "I am confident that Lebanon can achieve that."
Meanwhile, Plumbly offered his condolences over the twin bombing attacks that rocked the northern city of Tripoli.
He called on the authorities to arrest those who are responsible for the bombings and urged the Lebanese to prevent the negative impact of the Syrian conflict on the country.
Plumbly said "this has been the message of the UN Security Council almost since the beginning of the crisis and it has become even more important recently with the recurring incidents in Syria. "
He also stressed the importance of respecting the UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and urged the need to continue the security cooperation between the army and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon to prevent the repetition of such incidents and to avoid escalation.
Plumbly added that "everyone should work to prevent the impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon."
On Friday afternoon, twin-car bombs exploded outside two Sunni mosques in the northern port city of Tripoli, killing 42 people and injuring more than 335 others, 110 of them in critical condition.