Lebanon’s communications minister told French radio Monday that the Lebanese army was preparing to cross the Litani River into the troubled south within two or three days, despite uncertainty about a future UN force for the region.
“The Lebanese army is readying itself along the Litani to cross the river in 48 or 72 hours,” Marwan Hamade said on Europe-1 radio.
It will then be flanked by “the first contingents of an international force,” he added, likely from France, Turkey, Spain and Italy. He did not give a timeframe.
He spoke shortly after a UN-imposed cease-fire went into effect across the region, halting a month of fighting.
But implementation of the resolution was in question after the Lebanese Cabinet on Sunday indefinitely postponed a crucial meeting dealing with plans for the deployment. Lebanese media reported that the Cabinet was sharply divided over demands that Hizbullah surrender its weapons in the south.
Does anyone expect Hezbollah to disarm and turns its weapons over to either the Lebanese Army or an international force?
And Israel will NOT leave unless they are disarmed.
Hamade said the Lebanese government would try Monday to find a “formula” for implementing the resolution.
Lebanon’s industry minister, Pierre Jemayel, a member of a majority anti-Syrian bloc in parliament, told Al-Siyassah daily, “Hizbullah has to deliver its weapons to the Lebanese army, and its light weapons to the police.”
“Its fighters are welcome to join the military force and the state will then quickly regain control of all Lebanese territories.”
“I’m not telling Hizbullah to surrender its weapons to Israel, or to the international community,” Jemayel told the daily. “(I am telling it) to surrender them to the Lebanese army.”
Well, the Lebanese and UNIFIL folks had better quickly work out the details of Hezbollah disarming or this cease-fire will be short-lived indeed.
A couple of Lebanese Shiite men look at destroyed apartment buildings in the Hezbollah strongholds of southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 14, 2006,after an overnight aerial bombardment by Israeli forces. Israel halted its offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas as a U.N.-imposed cease-fire went into effect Monday after a month of warfare that killed more than 900 people, devastated much of south Lebanon and forced hundreds of thousands of Israelis into bomb shelters.
Captain Ed has The Humiliation Of Lebanon
Fuad Siniora’s collapse yesterday humiliated his armed forces, the Times of London reports, and demonstrated the illusive grasp of power that the official government holds in Lebanon. The consensus in his Cabinet to accept the cease-fire collapsed when it came time to deploy the army into southern Lebanon.
Will this move the Siniora government to quit blamimg everyone but the terrorists that started the war? As late as Saturday, the PM still talked about the brave “national resistance”, but those moments appear to have ended. If Fuad Siniora expects to lead his nation, he now has to acknowledge that Hezbollah cannot exist as a state within a state.
The civil war is coming very soon now.
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