UN powers still deadlocked over Lebanon resolution

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UNITED NATIONS, Aug 6, 2006 (AFP) - Ambassadors of the five permanent UN Security Council members met Sunday to discuss Lebanese objections which have held up a proposed French-US resolution seeking to end the new Middle East conflict.

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 6, 2006 (AFP) - Ambassadors of the five permanent UN Security Council members met Sunday to discuss Lebanese objections which have held up a proposed French-US resolution seeking to end the new Middle East conflict.

But Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the council is not close to an agreement that could allow a resolution to be passed.

Lebanon has objected to the draft resolution, which calls for a "full cessation of hostilities" between Israel and Hezbollah because it does not explicitly demand an immediate halt to the fighting.

It has also raised problems with the way the resolution would handle territorial disputes and prisoners held by the two sides.

"We are discussing this situation, but unfortunately I don't think that there is a magic wand," Churkin told reporters after the meeting.

He called on Lebanon and the Arab world to "give a very serious reading to this draft. And I think if they do, they'll see that there is much in it which is very much in the interests of Lebanon."

French Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière commented: "We must, while keeping the logic of the text that makes it useful, take into account the worries of everyone."

He added: "The time for the council to give its decision is coming."

Lebanon has proposed amendments on the ceasefire and territorial dispute that Churkin said "go pretty far from the text which was negotiated."

"If you read the resolution carefully you can see all those concerns are being satisfied.

"But if people want to see some of those things mentioned more explicitly that of course might create a problem because there is also the government of Israel that we have to deal with under this very difficult situation," said the ambassador.

The envoys from Britain, China, and the United States, the other permanent members of the Security Council, did not comment after the meeting.

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