Keep your word: French FM to Iran, Israel

14th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 13, 2006 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy on Sunday urged Israel and Iran to respect a UN resolution calling for an end to fighting between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

PARIS, Aug 13, 2006 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy on Sunday urged Israel and Iran to respect a UN resolution calling for an end to fighting between Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon.

In a round of telephone diplomacy Douste-Blazy called his Israeli and Iranian counterparts, Tzipi Livni and Manouchehr Mottaki, to press for the "effective" cessation of hostilities from 0500 GMT on Monday, his office said.

"He underlined the importance of respecting the UN resolution ... and added that those who do not do so will take a heavy responsibility," his office said in a statement.

UN Resolution 1701 passed Friday calls for an end to hostilities in Lebanon and the deployment of up to 15,000 UN peacekeeping troops in the south, where Israel has been battling Iran-backed Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas for a month.

It also calls for Israeli troops to withdraw as Lebanese and UN forces deploy to the Hezbollah heartland in the south.

Lebanon approved the plan on Saturday and Israel gave it the green light on Sunday, saying it would "stop its offensive fire but will keep its right to self-defense" in southern Lebanon from Monday at 8am (0500 GMT).

France took a lead role in writing the resolution and is also expected to participate in an expanded UN peacekeeping force for southern Lebanon.

Iran denies allegations that it supplies the rockets Hezbollah has been raining down on Israel, saying it gives only moral support to the group.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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