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US-French ceasefire plan unfair: Hezbollah leader

In his first comments since the draft UN Resolution was unveiled on Sunday, the Shiite cleric gave a deeply negative assessment of the plan.

india Updated: Aug 10, 2006 05:17 IST

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said on Wednesday that the US-French draft ceasefire plan was "unfair and unjust."

In his first comments since the draft UN Resolution was unveiled on Sunday, the Shiite cleric gave a deeply negative assessment of the plan.

"The least we can describe this (draft resolution) is as unfair and unjust. It has given Israel more than it wanted and more than it was looking for," he said in a speech televised on all local and regional television networks.

In a major shift in the Hezbollah position, Nasrallah said the militant organization was solidly behind a Lebanese government plan to deploy 15,000 soldiers in south Lebanon once a ceasefire is reached and Israel pulls out its forces.

"In the past we used to oppose or not agree on deployment of the army at the borders ... Because we were concerned about the army.

... We agree on deployment of the army, but do not hide our fear for it," Nasrallah said.