UN chief lays Beirut wreath, urges accountability

His comments followed a meeting with Lebanese House Speaker Nabih Berri and a visit to the port, where he laid a wreath at a memorial on Monday (December 20) for the more than 215 people killed when chemicals stored at the port exploded.

Guterres said in a video message ahead of his visit that he supported demands of Lebanese for "truth and justice" over the blast.

Many Lebanese blame the blast on the corruption and dysfunction normalized by a political elite that has been in power since the end of the 1975-90 civil war.

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