UN chief urges Israel and Lebanon peace effort

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel and Lebanon on Tuesday to "seize the moment" of relative calm and move closer to a permanent cease-fire and long-term solution to the issues that sparked a war in 2006. In a report to the Security Council on implementation of resolution 1701 that ended the 34-day war between Israel and Hizbullah fighters, Ban said "greater overall progress should have been achieved" since its adoption. The resolution reiterates a call for the disarming of all militias in Lebanon, bans arms transfers to any group except the Lebanese armed forces, and urges the Lebanese government to secure its borders to prevent arms smuggling. It also calls for Israel and Lebanon to support a permanent cease-fire and long-term solution based on full respect for the UN-drawn Blue Line along their border and security arrangements to prevent the resumption of hostilities.