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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Rome talks fail to agree on cease-fire

Jul. 26, 2006 15:37 Updated Jul. 26, 2006 17:18


US, European and Arab officials held crisis talks on Lebanon Wednesday, but failed to agree on an immediate plan to force an end to the fighting between Israel and Hizbullah guerrillas.

By "failing" to agree, the international community of leaders are basically in accord with Israel's actions.

Although officials called for an end to the violence, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said any cease-fire must be "sustainable" and that there could be "no return to the status quo ante."

This means the destruction of Hezbollah.

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for the formation of a multinational force to help Lebanon assert its authority and implement UN resolutions which would leave Hizbullah disarmed.

I guess he thinks Israel needs more targets to shoot at.

After listening to a dramatic appeal from Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Saniora for them to stop the killing, the officials said they had agreed on the need to deploy an international force under the aegis of the United Nations in southern Lebanon.

Send Kofi Anan... Hezbollah is looking for a few good Armani suits.

"Participants expressed their determination to work immediately to reach, with utmost urgency, a cease-fire that puts an end to the current violence and hostilities. The cease-fire must be lasting, permanent and sustainable," said Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema at the close of the meeting.

Again, the only way this is gonna happen is with the destruction of Hezbollah.

He said many of the participants in the meeting appealed for an immediate and unconditional truce.

Not gonna happen, it wouldn't be prudent.

Referring to the cease-fire, D'Alema said, "To obtain this objective, you must exercise pressure on all parties involved, directly and indirectly, on who can exercise influence on Hizbullah and on Israel."

The only influence we should be asserting on Israel is to step it up. take it to the next level.

"We asked Israel for maximum restraint" to respect civilians and infrastructure, he said.

OK, it's no wonder why the French headbutted the Italians...