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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Cease Fire

It seems that the UN cease fire resolution is just another temporary cessation of hostilities. Without the Lebanese Army disarming Hizbollah, it's just a matter of when violence resumes.

Lebanese Cabinet: Army won't ‘chase' or disarm militia

The Associated Press

BEIRUT — The Lebanese Cabinet approved a plan Wednesday to deploy the Lebanese army south of the Litani River to extend government authority over the region.

Early today, Lebanese troops began crossing the Litani, a senior Lebanese army official told the Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to news media.

In conjunction with United Nations peacekeepers, the army will gradually take over territory in the south as Israeli forces continue their withdrawal. Israel had threatened to halt its withdrawal if the Lebanese force did not move south.

The army deployment is a key provision of the U.N. cease-fire plan that took effect Monday and largely ended 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah. The fighting began after Hezbollah guerrillas killed eight Israeli soldiers and kidnapped two in a cross-border raid on July 12.

The Cabinet said Lebanese soldiers would not “chase” or “take revenge” on Hezbollah guerrillas in an effort to disarm fighters. “There will be no confrontation between the army and brothers in Hezbollah. … That is not the army's mission,” Information Minister Ghazi Aridi said after the Cabinet meeting.

Though the government will not require Hezbollah to give up its arms, it directs the group to keep them off the streets. “There will be no authority or weapons other than those of the state,” Aridi said. “If any weapon is found, even the brothers in Hezbollah have said, ‘Let it be in the hands of the army.' ”

The Cabinet session to implement the cease-fire was twice delayed because Hezbollah members in the government objected to enforcement of the key U.N. demand that the guerrilla force be disarmed.

Yet another indication of the effectiveness of the UN.

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