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Annan criticises weak UNSC statement on Qana

india Updated: Aug 02, 2006 09:33 IST

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has criticized a Security Council statement, which failed to condemn Israel over the killing of more than 50 Lebanese civilians in an Israeli raid.

"The statement which was issued (by the council) was weaker than I would have wanted, weaker than what I asked for," Annan told Al-Jazeera Arab news channel on Tuesday, according to an Arabic voice-over.

He was responding to a question about the statement's failure to condemn Israel over Sunday's killings in the south Lebanese village of Qana.

The UN Security Council said on Sunday it "strongly deplores" the deaths in Israel's attack on Qana, but the United States forced an emergency council meeting to water down its official statement so that Israel was not openly criticized for the killings.

"The great majority of council members wanted stronger language," Annan said, according to the Arabic translation of his remarks, made in English.

But the council operates on the basis of agreement or consensus among its members, he said.

The council called on Annan to report on the Qana deaths within a week.

The raid on Qana was the deadliest single attack since Israel launched a devastating offensive against Lebanon on July 12 following the capture of two Israeli soldiers by militants of the Shiite Hezbollah movement.

Annan told Al-Jazeera that a proposed international force might have to stay in Lebanon for up to two years.