UNSC strongly supports deal to end Lebanon crisis, calls for implementation

The UN Security Council is giving strong backing to the deal to end Lebanon's 18-month political crisis. But the council dropped a specific reference to a 2004 resolution demanding the disarmament of Hizbullah, which is widely seen as the victor in the agreement reached Wednesday in Qatar's capital, Doha. A statement approved Thursday by the 15 council members calls for full implementation of the Doha agreement, in conformity with an agreement that ended Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war "and all relevant Security Council resolutions..."