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Lebanon demands changes to UN draft

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Lebanon demands changes to UN draft


Lebanon is waiting to see whether its concerns will be taken into account in a draft UN Security Council resolution designed to end the fighting. Its government has submitted proposed amendments to the existing text. It wants it to include a call for a quick withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanese soil. The document has been criticized as a “description for the continuation of the war” by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem -the first senior Syrian official to visit Lebanon since Damascus ended its military presence there.

And there were harsh words for the UN from Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, who is also in Lebanon, to chair today’s emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers. He said the Israeli bombardments were ‘“directed against civilians and against people in their homes,” and that such action “really requires condemnation and requires a serious action from the Security Council, not a hesitating action.”

Diplomats from the council’s five permanent members are meeting today after failing to agree on whether to amend the draft resolution, drawn up by the United States and France. It currently urges “a full cessation of hostilities” but does not explicitly call for an Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon.

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