Lebanese PM in talks with Zapatero over bombing

28th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 June 2007, MADRID - Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora was to hold talks with his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Madrid Thursday following the killing of six U.N. peacekeepers in a bombing in Lebanon.

28 June 2007

MADRID - Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora was to hold talks with his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Madrid Thursday following the killing of six U.N. peacekeepers in a bombing in Lebanon.

Saniora was to meet Zapatero on Thursday after talks in Paris and Rome.

The two were to hold a brief meeting with the press later, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as government rules prevent him from being publicly identified.

The six Spanish army peacekeepers _ three Spaniards and three Colombians _ were patrolling the main road between the towns of Marjayoun and Khiam, a few kilometers (miles) north of the Israeli town of Metulla, when a bomb struck their armored personnel carrier Sunday. Two other soldiers were seriously wounded.

Saniora said in Paris he was unable for the moment to say who was behind the attack.

"The perpetrators of such a criminal incident really wanted to blackmail the UNIFIL forces and subject them to intimidation," Saniora said at a news conference later in Rome.

"I am quite certain that the consolidated and firm position by all the nations that constitute the UNIFIL forces will really send a strong and right message to the perpetrators," he added.

The Lebanese premier is hoping the United Nations will renew the mandate of international peacekeepers in Lebanon, due to expire in August.

Spain has 1,100 peacekeepers as part of the 13,000-member force from 30 countries. The force was first deployed in 1978 and reinforced in the past year. UNIFIL, along with 15,000 Lebanese troops, patrols a zone along the Lebanese-Israeli border.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news


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