France, US locked in talks on Lebanon resolution

4th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 4, 2006 (AFP) - The US and French ambassadors at the United Nations remained locked in talks Friday over the wording of a Security Council resolution on halting the fighting in Lebanon, a diplomat said.

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 4, 2006 (AFP) - The US and French ambassadors at the United Nations remained locked in talks Friday over the wording of a Security Council resolution on halting the fighting in Lebanon, a diplomat said.

"The French and the Americans are meeting now, they met late last night," said the diplomat. The two sides "are trying to work out a solution."

Neither delegation would comment publicly on the talks which were being held away from the UN headquarters.

France has proposed a resolution calling for a "cessation of hostilities".

According to diplomats, the United States would rather use a broader term.

A second sticking point is the nature of the international force sent to Lebanon and what would happen to Israeli troops in southern Lebanon.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has ordered US negotiators to work through the weekend to agree a resolution, according to the State Department.

"I think the work that we're doing with the French, the work that we're doing with the parties, will ensure that there are some principles in place that make this the basis for an enduring — first of all an enduring ceasefire but more importantly an enduring peace," Rice said in an interview with CNN broadcast Thursday.

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