August 12, 2006

Annan sees stop to fighting Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan
said on Saturday the prime ministers of Lebanon and Israel had
agreed to stop fighting at 0500 GMT on Monday, August 14.

"I am very happy to announce that the two leaders have
agreed that the cessation of hostilities and the end of the
fighting will enter into force on 14 August, at 0500 hours
GMT," Annan said in a statement.

"Preferably, the fighting should stop now to respect the
spirit and intent of the Council decision, the object of which
was to save civilian lives, to spare the pain and suffering
that the civilians on both sides are living through," Annan

He urged both sides to halt the fighting immediately, and
assured them that the United Nations force on the ground would
work with them to monitor compliance of the Security Council
resolution approved Friday to stop the hostilities.