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Annan urges Security Council to demand ceasefire

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The UN Secretary General has called on the members of the Security Council to demand an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hizbollah. Kofi Annan held the emergency meeting after the bombing in Qana, opening the session with a strong condemnation of the attack. He called on all the 15 members of the Council to put aside their differences in the interests of an immediate cessation of hostilities. That is something the US, which has the power of veto on the Council, has so far opposed.

Annan earlier said that the ceasefire did not preclude the need for a long-term political agreement. Yesterday, France distributed the draft resolution. It outlines the conditions for an end to the fighting, including the deployment of an international force to the area.