America is pushing ahead with trying to get the UN draft accepted, despite negative comments from Beirut and a growing discontent from some Arab countries.
US Secretary of State, Condolleezza Rice confirmed her intention of putting finishing touches to the proposal:
“ It’s important that we vote the resolution in the Security Council and we expect that to happen in the next day or two.”
She went on to explain why Lebanon’s call for an immediate Israeli withdrawal was not included:
“ The resolution does not anticipate and does not expect a complete Israeli withdrawal in the first phase. Because this is a resolution that ceases hostilities with forces in place but requires that the major military operations, offensive military operations, the firing of rockets, the kind of violence that really is so hard on civilian populations – that has got to stop.”“Now, I know Hezbollah has said all kind of things, I’ve heard we should have an immediate ceasefire, we should keep fighting – I have heard all those things. What we need to focus on, when this Security Council Resolution is passed, we are going to know who really did want to stop violence, and who didn’t.”
Can Rice and the Security Council eventually deliver the draft, or will this first step to peace be stopped in it’s tracks?