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2006-09-04 10:39:08

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - The commander of U.N. peacekeepers said a joint meeting with Lebanese and Israeli officers on Monday had brought closer a full Israeli troop withdrawal from south Lebanon in line with a U.N. resolution. Lebanon had become increasingly agitated by what it sees as a delay in the Israeli withdrawal and the lifting of an eight-week-old Israeli sea and air blockade. The United Nations has said the Israeli pullout would be completed once the number of...

2006-09-04 09:08:37

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - The commander of U.N. peacekeepers said a joint meeting with Lebanese and Israeli officers on Monday had brought closer a full Israeli troop withdrawal from south Lebanon in line with a U.N. resolution. Major-General Alain Pelligrini met representatives of the Lebanese and Israeli armies at his UNIFIL headquarters in the southern Lebanese port of Naqoura to coordinate the process of the Israeli pullout and Lebanese deployment, in conjunction with...

2006-09-04 06:22:48

By Odai Sirri DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar on Monday became the first Arab country to commit troops to the expanded U.N. force set up to keep the peace between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas in south Lebanon. The Gulf state said it would contribute 200-300 troops to the U.N. force and planned to send a civilian airliner to Beirut despite a nearly eight-week-old Israeli air and sea blockade. The planned deployment was announced by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad al-Thani during a...

2006-09-01 06:14:20

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis DAMASCUS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Friday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had promised to enforce an arms embargo on Hizbollah under a U.N. resolution that halted Israel's war with the Lebanese group. "The president informed me that Syria supports Security Council Resolution 1701 and will help in its implementation," Annan told reporters after talks with Assad in Damascus. "While stating Syrian objections to the presence of foreign...

2006-09-01 04:13:18

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis DAMASCUS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan won a pledge from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday to help implement a U.N. resolution that halted fighting between Israel and Lebanon's Hizbollah group, a spokesman said. "It was a very good meeting. The president and Mr. Annan discussed the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1701 and the president told Mr. Annan that Syria supports and will help its implementation," Ahmad Fawzi,...

2006-09-01 03:23:43

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis DAMASCUS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday to seek his help in bolstering a truce between Israel and Lebanon's Hizbollah group, whose chief allies are Syria and Iran. The two men held talks that lasted about 45 minutes. Neither spoke to reporters afterwards. No news conference was scheduled. Annan had been expected to urge Assad to prevent weapons from reaching Hizbollah from Syrian territory, widely...

2006-08-30 17:18:24

By Suleiman al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan holds talks with Jordan on Thursday in a drive to cement a Hizbollah-Israel ceasefire before traveling to Damascus to press Syria to help stop arms smuggling across its border. The trip to Syria poses the biggest challenge of the two for Annan because Israel is demanding U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon should join the Lebanese army in policing the border to prevent weapons reaching the Lebanese Hizbollah...

2006-08-29 14:33:03

By Dean Yates JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Tuesday said he hoped to soon double to 5,000 the number of U.N. troops in southern Lebanon and urged Israel and Hizbollah to swiftly end rows blocking a permanent ceasefire. Annan said he would ask Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in talks on Wednesday to lift Israel's air and sea blockade of Lebanon, imposed at the start of the war nearly seven weeks ago. Speaking after meeting Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz...

2006-08-29 02:59:20

By Alistair Lyon, Special Correspondent BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan flew to south Lebanon on Tuesday to see the devastated region where up to 13,000 extra U.N. peacekeepers are mandated to bolster a two-week-old truce between Israel and Hizbollah. On the second day of a Middle East tour, Annan landed by helicopter in the southern town of Naqoura, base of the current 2,000-strong U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). He was expected to fly over border areas...

2006-08-29 01:24:55

By Gideon Long BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will see the destruction in southern Lebanon at first hand on Tuesday when he visits the area during a Middle East tour designed to cement a truce between Israel and Hizbollah. On the first stop of his tour, Annan issued a warning in Beirut on Monday that all sides must fully implement U.N. Security Council resolution 1701 or face a possible new war. "Without the full implementation of resolution 1701 I fear the...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.