Lebanese PM calls for immediate cease-fire

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.