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2006-08-21 17:12:07

By Gideon Long BEIRUT (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said on Monday his country was ready to lead a U.N. force in southern Lebanon, where the fragility of a week-old truce was underlined when Israeli forces fired at Hizbollah guerrillas. "I confirmed the Italian willingness (to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan)," Prodi told reporters, adding that Annan would make a final decision on the command of the force this weekend. The Lebanese government welcomed Italy's...

2006-08-21 15:15:25

By Gideon Long BEIRUT (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said on Monday his country was ready to lead a U.N. force in south Lebanon, where shooting by Israeli troops at Hizbollah fighters showed the fragility of a week-old truce. Prodi told reporters in Italy that he had informed U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who he said would make a final decision on the command of the force this weekend. The Beirut government welcomed Italy's offer of 2,000 troops, the biggest...

2006-08-21 10:54:29

By Gideon Long BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bush called on Monday for the urgent deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping force to southern Lebanon to shore up a week-old truce between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas. He said there would be another U.N. resolution on the rules for such a force. "First things first will be to get the rules of engagement clear," he told a news conference in Washington. Announcing a $230 million aid package to Lebanon that includes 25,000 tons of...

2006-08-21 10:03:41

By Gideon Long BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bush called on Monday for the urgent deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping force to southern Lebanon to shore up a week-old truce between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas. He said there would be another U.N. resolution on the rules for such a force. "First things first will be to get the rules of engagement clear," he told a news conference in Washington. Announcing a $230 million aid package to Lebanon that includes 25,000 tons of...

2006-08-21 09:59:54

By Gideon Long BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Bush called on Monday for the urgent deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping force to southern Lebanon to shore up a week-old truce between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas. He said there would be another U.N. resolution on the rules for such a force. "First things first will be to get the rules of engagement clear," he told a news conference in Washington. Announcing a $230 million aid package to Lebanon that includes 25,000 tons of...

2006-08-21 06:33:23

By Gideon Long BEIRUT (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the situation in Lebanon as "very fragile" on Monday as a truce between Israel and Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas entered its second week. Speaking in Berlin, Merkel said it was vital to get United Nations peacekeeping troops to the area quickly to prevent a rekindling of the conflict, in which nearly 1,200 people in Lebanon and 157 Israelis died. Italy emerged as the potential leader of such troops...

2006-08-21 04:32:36

By Gideon Long BEIRUT (Reuters) - A truce between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas entered its second week on Monday as Italy emerged as potential leader of a beefed-up U.N. force charged with helping keep the peace in southern Lebanon. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, due to host senior U.N. envoys in Jerusalem later, spoke to Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi late on Sunday and said he would be happy to see the Italians in charge. "Italy should lead the international force and...

2006-08-20 10:03:00

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Sunday the week-old truce between Israel and Hizbollah could easily collapse, a day after it condemned an Israeli raid on the guerrillas in Lebanon as a violation. Senior U.N. envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said the truce that halted the 34-day war had provided the Lebanese government with a good chance to extend its authority over all of the country. "We also do believe that unfortunately there is a tilting edge where things...

2006-08-20 04:41:00

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Defense Minister Elias al-Murr said on Sunday the army would be tough in dealing with any attempt to breach the U.N.-brokered truce that halted a 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah. "The army will be very tough in dealing with such an issue," he told a news conference. "Any rocket fired from Lebanon will benefit Israel," he said, suggesting that such incident would provide a pretext for the Jewish state to attack Lebanon. He said he was confident Hizbollah...

2006-08-20 05:15:52

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese government vowed on Sunday to crush any attempt on the Lebanese side to breach the truce in the conflict with Israel, a day after the U.N. condemned an Israeli raid on Hizbollah as a truce violation. "The army will be very tough in dealing with such an issue," Lebanese Defense Minister Elias al-Murr told a news conference. "Any rocket fired from Lebanon will benefit Israel," he said, suggesting such an incident would provide a pretext...