Lebanon calls for ceasefire at UNSC
Lebanon has demanded that Israel agree an immediate ceasefire as the two nations sparred at a special UN Security Council meeting on the new Middle East crisis.india Updated: Aug 01, 2006 08:37 IST
Lebanon has demanded that Israel agree an immediate ceasefire as the two nations sparred at a special UN Security Council meeting on the new Middle East crisis.
Lebanon's acting foreign minister Tarek Mitri also sought an international investigation into Israel's bombing of the town of Qana on Sunday, which he said, killed 62 people, including 35 children.
Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, said it was up to Lebanon to act to end attacks on Israel by the Hezbollah militia. Gillerman told the council that Lebanon had become "a hotbed of terrorism in a cesspool of hatred".
Mitri told an open meeting of the UN Security Council that the Lebanese government called for an "immediate and comprehensive ceasefire" in the hostilities that started on July 12 after Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers.
Reading from what he said was a text agreed by the Lebanese cabinet, the minister said there should be a declaration of agreement by the two on topics including an exchange of prisoners between Hezbollah and Israel through the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Israeli forces would have to withdraw behind the "blue line" frontier between southern Lebanon and Israel and to allow displaced people to return to their villages.
Mitri said that the UN Security Council would have to place the Shebaa Farms and another section of territory that Israel occupies under UN jurisdiction, while a long-term settlement to the claims is organised.