Chirac hails adoption of UN resolution on Lebanon

14th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 11, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac welcomed the adoption Friday by the UN Security Council of a resolution calling for a cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.

PARIS, Aug 11, 2006 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac welcomed the adoption Friday by the UN Security Council of a resolution calling for a cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.

"I hail the unanimous adoption tonight by the UN Security Council of a resolution calling for a complete cessation of hostilities in Lebanon," he said in a statement released by his office.

Resolution 1701, drawn up by France and the United States, also calls for expanding the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to 15,000 troops.

"In line with its responsibilities, France will take part in the implementation of this resolution, particularly concerning the new UNIFIL force," said Chirac.

A decision on what France will contribute will be taken after it becomes clear what resources the force will get and how many other countries are willing to participate, he added.

France was the original author of the resolution, which was the object of more than a week of tough negotiations.

"Since the start of the crisis France has believed that a military solution was not possible and undertook every effort to bring about an immediate end to the violence," said the French president.

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