Lebanon Postpones Crucial Cease-Fire Meeting
Posted on Aug 13, 2006
The Lebanese cabinet has indefinitely postponed talks on the implementation of the impending cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah. According to the BBC, ?the issue of Hezbollah’s disarmament and its military presence in southern Lebanon continues to cause major tensions within the fragile government.?
It remains unclear how effective this cease-fire will be, with Hezbollah vowing to fight as long as Israeli soldiers remain in Lebanon and Israel vowing to stay in Lebanon until a peacekeeping force can take its place.
The postponement, amid reported divisions, seriously complicates the establishment of a stable ceasefire, the BBC’s Nick Childs in Beirut says.
Israel’s cabinet has backed the truce, but says its forces will not leave until peacekeepers are deployed.
Mark Malloch Brown, the UN’s Deputy Secretary General, said it might take a month before a joint UN-Lebanese force was fully in place.
“It’s going to be weeks, not days and may even, before you hit the full total, be a month or so,” he told the BBC’s Have Your Say programme.