Peres: IDF to leave Lebanon in next few days

September 26, 2006 22:20

Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres said Tuesday evening that an IDF withdrawal from Lebanon would take place within the next few days, Army Radio reported. Defense Minister Amir Peretz expressed similar sentiments earlier in the day when he confirmed that IDF forces were expected to leave next week. The defense minister added that every additional accomplishment that the IDF achieved in the next few days would significantly affect the future of the North. Peretz also discussed Syria, saying "conditions are not yet ripe for opening negotiations" with the Muslim country. However, he said that Syrian President Bashar Assad's recent stance did not reflect his own desires but resulted instead from various pressures on Damascus. In response, Peres drily remarked that "We don't have to negotiate with Peretz, but rather with the Syrians - and Syria is not interested in peace."

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