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Israel for opening humanitarian corridors

india Updated: Jul 29, 2006 03:29 IST

Israel's Foreign Minister said she was favourable to a French proposal to open humanitarian corridors in Lebanon and urged France to use its influence in the region to push for a full disarmament of Hezbollah.

"We accept (the proposal of humanitarian corridors) because we are not making war on Lebanon, nor on its government, nor on its civilian population," Tzipi Livni was quoted as saying in an interview for Saturday's edition of Le Figaro daily.

"We are making war on Hezbollah," she said.

France has pushed for corridors to be set up on both land and maritime routes to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches civilians in Lebanon.

Livni praised French diplomatic efforts in the region and urged the country to "finish its magnificent work in Lebanon" by pressing for the full application of UN resolution 1559 that calls, in part, for the disbanding and disarmament of all militias in Lebanon.

France, which has long-standing historic links to its former colony, Lebanon, helped broker the 2004 resolution and has taken a leading role in working to resolve the current crisis. It was the first country to begin large-scale evacuations of Lebanon, and the first to send a top official, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, to Beirut.