Lebanon rejects draft U.N. resolution
Sun Aug 6, 2006 8:51 AM ET
By Lin Noueihed
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon rejects a draft U.N. Security Council resolution to end 26 days of fighting , Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Sunday.
Slamming the French-U.S. draft as , Berri said
"Lebanon, and all of Lebanon, rejects any resolution that is outside these seven points," said Berri, who has been negotiating on behalf of Hizbollah guerrillas.
"Their resolution will either drop Lebanon into internal strife or will be impossible to implement," he told a news conference.
The draft resolution, which the Security Council is expected to vote on either Monday or Tuesday, calls for a "full cessation of hostilities based upon, in particular, the immediate cessation by Hizbollah of all attacks and the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations".
Israel wants its troops to remain until an international force mandated by the United Nations can take over.
"What was agreed is not in Lebanon's interests but against them. This will open the door to never-ending war," he said.
Berri also said the
He complained that an international force that would be established by a second U.N. resolution, following an initial resolution establishing a truce, would come under Chapter Seven of the U.N. charter, which authorizes the use of force, but would not necessarily be answerable to the world body.
France is seen as the potential leader of such a force.
Israel withdrew from the area amid constant attack by Hizbollah guerrillas.
Israeli troops are trying to drive Hizbollah back from the border area, from where the group has fired barrages of rockets into the Jewish state.