US calls on Syria, Iran to honor UN resolution on Lebanon
Fri Aug 11, 8:16 PM ET
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called on Iran and Syria to respect the terms of a resolution adopted by the UN Security Council in a bid to end a month of fighting between their ally Hezbollah and Israel.
"We call upon every state, especially Iran and Syria, to respect the sovereignty of the Lebanese government and the will of the international community," she said in an address to the Security Council.
**it's Israel that is not respecting the sovereignty of Lebanon, no matter how desperate the US is to turn it into a proxy war with Iran and Syria**
She also said "Hezbollah now faces a clear choice between war and peace" in light of the resolution, which was unanimously adopted by the 15-member council.
The resolution, drafted by France and the United States, calls on Israel and Hezbollah to immediately cease hostilities following a month of fighting that has left more than 1,000 Lebanese and over 120 Israelis dead.
It also from positions they have occupied in southern Lebanon in parallel with the deployment of Lebanese army units and a robust international military force in the region to prevent future Hezbollah attacks on Israel.
If implemented fully by Lebanon, the resolution will end Hezbollah's existence as a militia armed and supported by Iran and Syria.
**and leave Lebanon defenseless in the face of Israel, a country not known for honouring UN resolutions**
Rice said the UN text should "open a path to lasting peace between Lebanon and Israel that will end the suffering and violence of this past month."
"The people of the Middle East have lived too long at the mercy of extremists," she said.
"It is time to build a more hopeful future. This resolution shows us the way."
Immediately before Rice spoke, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan lamented that it took the Security Council's major powers a month to achieve Friday's ceasefire proposal.
"I would be remiss if I did not tell you how profoundly disappointed I am that the council did not reach this point much, much earlier," he said.
"All members of this council must be aware that this inability to act sooner has badly shaken the world's faith in its authority and integrity," he said.
"It is absolutely vital that the fighting now stop," Annan told the gathered council representatives, who in addition to Rice included the foreign ministers of France, Britain and several other countries.