The UN Security Council is meeting again to discuss a draft resolution aimed at ending the war between Israel and Hizbollah militants. A vote may take place later with the US and France keen to avoid further delays amid fears the whole plan might collapse. Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier, says the Council is very close to agreement.
But before leaving for a Middle East trip he made it clear that in order for it to succeed both Lebanon and Israel would have to agree to a peacekeeping force being installed in Lebanon’s southern border area. It is unclear whether any changes to the UN resolution includes the Lebanese government’s demands for Israeli troops to first pull out of the territory.
A delegation of Arab League foreign ministers are due in New York later to argue Lebanon’s case. Beirut moved to push through the amendment on Monday by taking the decision to send 15,000 of its troops to the south – a move backed by Hizbollah.