EU considers deployment of peacekeepers to Lebanon

July 17, 2006 11:00

The European Union said Monday it was weighing the deployment of a peacekeeping force to Lebanon to help end fighting between Israel and Hizbullah. "It could be that the European Union, or the United Nations, might have a peacekeeping role," said Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomoija, whose country now holds the EU presidency. He echoed comments by British Prime Minister Tony Blair who earlier in the day said the "only way" to stop the fighting was to deploy peacekeepers in southern Lebanon to stop Hizbullah fighters from firing rockets into Israel.

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