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U.N. Security Council Considers Draft Peace Proposal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Members of the U.N. Security Council met Saturday to discuss a draft resolution, agreed to by the U.S. and France, that seeks a full halt to fighting in Lebanon.

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton describes the meeting as "very
productive."

Bolton calls the U.S.-French draft "a workable resolution" and says it could contribute to a fundamental transformation in the region.

But Hezbollah warns it will not abide by the resolution unless Israel withdraws from Lebanon entirely.

The text also ignores three Lebanese demands: setting a timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the south, lifting Israel's full blockade of Lebanon and putting the disputed Chebaa Farms area under U.N. control.

As the Lebanese special envoy (Nouhad Mahoud) puts it, "We
would have liked to see our concerns more reflected in the text."


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