Saniora vows to confiscate weapons in s. Lebanon

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora on Thursday vowed that the military would confiscate any weapons it encounters in southern Lebanon. "I intend for the Lebanese army to prove its presence in the area south of Litani River," Saniora told reporters after talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. "We want this area to be under the army's and the Lebanese state's control. The army has all the authority to ban any armed appearances and confiscate those weapons." Saniora's comments highlighted that the troops will not actively hunt out hidden Hizbullah arsenals.