UN Security Council calls for disarming of Hizbullah

The UN Security Council called for the disarming of Hizbullah and all other militias in Lebanon and greater progress toward a permanent ceasefire and long-term solution to the conflict between Lebanon and Israel. A statement adopted by consensus Tuesday by the 15-member council reiterated its commitment "to the full implementation of all provisions of Resolution 1701 which ended the Second Lebanon War. The statement took note of the progress and concerns expressed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his latest report on implementation of the resolution "and emphasizes the need for greater progress on all the key issues required for a permanent ceasefire and long-term solution." It also called on all concerned parties, "in particular in the region, to intensify their efforts in implementing resolution 1701, including by fully cooperating with the secretary-general in this regard."