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U.S., France Reach Deal On Israel-Hizballah Resolution


http://gdb.rferl.org/5720E605-CE1E-4E58-BBAA-E2322880CAF1_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/5720E605-CE1E-4E58-BBAA-E2322880CAF1_mw800_mh600.jpg Ambassador Bolton (file photo) (epa) August 5, 2006 -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, says the United States and France have reached agreement on a UN Security Council resolution that calls for an end to the fighting between Israel and Lebanese Hizballah militants.

The Security Council is expected to meet later today to discuss the resolution.

Bolton says he believes it is likely to be adopted in the next few days.

The Associated Press quoted an official with knowledge of the talks as saying the draft calls for a "full cessation of violence" between Israel and Hizballah, but would allow Israel the right to launch strikes if Hizballah attacks it.

The resolution reportedly does not call for an "immediate cessation of violence." That's seen as a victory for the United States and Israel.

France and many other nations had demanded an immediate halt to violence without conditions as a way to push the region back toward stability.

(AP, Reuters, dpa)
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