Saniora: No progress made so far on cease-fire

August 9, 2006 15:04


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Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said Wednesday that no progress had been made to end four weeks of fighting, adding that he did not expect United Nations action in the next two days. Saniora told reporters there were contacts on several fronts to end the violence but "there is nothing new so far." Asked if he expects the UN Security Council to issue a resolution on Wednesday, he said "I don't expect a resolution will be issued today or tomorrow." He was speaking after meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch "There are major points that are pending, and the meetings that the Arab delegation is conducting in New York achieved its goals so far," Saniora said. The Arab League team is pushing to amend a US-French draft resolution to end the Israel-Hezbollah conflict that began on July 12. The Lebanese and their Arab backers are demanding that Israel withdraw its forces from southern Lebanon immediately after a cease-fire agreement is reached.

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