United Nations diplomat Terje Roed-Larson says a U.N. delegation has presented Israel with “concrete ideas” on ways to end the violence between Israel and Hezbollah.
Roed-Larson met with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Jerusalem Tuesday.
Livni said Israel will be ready for a ceasefire if Hezbollah returns captured soldiers and Lebanese troops take over control of areas along the Israel border. She said Israel also needs a guarantee of future disarmament of Hezbollah.
The U.N. team held talks with Lebanese officials in Beirut Monday.
This is Thursday, the UN Mission left yesterday. Anybody notice a difference on the ground in Lebanon or Gaza? The only thing “concrete” of note is the rubble left behind as Israel pounds Hezbollah hide-outs and military positions.
Rather than conduct talks with the source of the problem, Hezbollah, Kofi is calling for a bigger, better armed international force to stabilize southern Lebanon, and to allow the Lebanese government time to disarm Hezbollah. (shouldn’t that have happened 2 years ago when the UN resolution mandated it?)
Mr. Annan said it is “urgent that the international community acts to make a difference on the ground.”
Ah-huh… and how will that work after no talks, no assurances from the perpetrators and no plan for the disarmament of Hezbollah?
UPDATE: Color me corrected. Capt’n Ed is reporting there has been a difference on the ground, but not for the better. Sheikh Nasrallah has given an interview that indicates Hezbollah “has co-opted the Lebanese government” and Lebanonese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has become a puppet of the jihadist-cut-throats.
UNIFIL has been on the ground in Lebanon for 28 years with little or no effect. What’s the difference now?
If Kofi thinks any country will provide troops to wade into the middle, and become targets themselves, he’s delusional.