A Security Council resolution aimed at ending the Middle East crisis is to be amended. Lebanon wants the draft to include a demand for Israel to withdraw its troops from the south of the country. “My objective is to incorporate in the text some ideas which have been proposed in the recent days,” said Jean-Marc de la Sabliere, France’s Ambassador to the UN.
The Arab League also wants changes to the resolution to include calls for an Israeli troop pullout. “No one in our region is convinced of Israeli logic,” said Secretary General Amr Moussa. “We better have a ceasefire as soon as we can and the Security Council is called upon to bear its responsibility.”
The resolution is unlikely to be adopted before Thursday. UN diplomats fear the issue of troop withdrawal could cause a rift between France and the US, who tabled the draft resolution on Saturday.