Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora called on Saturday for an immediate cease-fire brokered by the United Nations, to end Israel's land, sea and air offensive against Lebanon.
Addressing the nation four days into a devastating military blitz that targeted the country's infrastructure, Saniora, his voice cracking with emotion, pledged to reassert government authority all over Lebanese territory - an allusion to the possibility of deploying the Lebanese army in south Lebanon, which is effectively controlled by Hizbullah guerrillas. Such a move would meet a repeated UN and US demand.
"We call for an immediate and comprehensive cease-fire under United Nations auspices," Saniora said in a televised speech aired on local and Arab satellite television channels.
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