July 18, 2006

Rice: ceasefire depends on conducive conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States believes there
should be a ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and
militant group Hizbollah in Lebanon as soon as possible, but
only "when conditions are conducive," Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday.

"When it is appropriate and when it is necessary and will
be helpful to the situation I am more than pleased to go to the
region," said Rice of her plans to visit the area to try to
help curb the violence.

Asked if the United States believed there should be an
immediate ceasefire, Rice told reporters, "We all agree that it
should happen as soon possible when conditions are conducive to
do so."