Bolton gets a Resolution.

Saturday, August 05, 2006
Photo courtesy Pajamas Media .
Truce via Vital Perspective :

B990326_1The U.S. and France agreed Saturday on a draft Security Council resolution that calls for an end to the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, but would allow Israel to defend itself if attacked, officials said. John Bolton and French President Jacques Chirac's office confirmed that agreement had been reached.

The full 15-nation Security Council was expected to meet later Saturday to discuss the resolution, and it was likely to be adopted in the next couple of days, Bolton said. The other members of the Security Council will see the draft shortly as France will reportedly circulate it this afternoon.

An official with knowledge of the document said the draft calls for a "full cessation of violence" between Israel and Hezbollah, but would allow Israel the right to launch strikes if Hezbollah attacks it. "It does not say immediate cessation of violence," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the draft had not yet been made public.

That appeared to be a major victory for the U.S. and Israel. France and many other nations had demanded an immediate halt to the fighting without conditions as a way to push the region back toward stability. The French presidential palace in Paris said a deal was reached on a resolution that seeks a total halt to hostilities and would work toward a permanent cease-fire and a long-term solution.

Bolton said the resolution would be the first of two. He said this one deals with the immediate issue of the fighting. The second would likely spell out a larger political framework for peace between Israel and Hezbollah.

"We're prepared to continue to work tomorrow in order to make progress on the adoption of the resolution but we have reached agreement and we're now ready to proceed," Bolton said. "We're prepared to move as quickly as other members of the council want to move."


Now let's see what Hezbellah does.

UPDATE: Actual text of proposed agreement is here

10 comments:

Skookumchuk said...

The second would likely spell out a larger political framework for peace between Israel and Hezbollah.

So perhaps now Hezbollah may be considered a state?

Yikes.

terrye said...

skook:

I don't think that is the case, I think the point is to put the onus back on Hezbellah to stop lobbing missiles, otherwise Israel just keeps doing what it is doing. The idea is to make Lebanon responsible. It remains to be seen how this works out, but thus far it is considered a diplomatic victory for Israel. We shall see what we see.

chuck said...
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chuck said...

Sooo Terrye,

Needed an excuse to post the picture, eh? The guy looks like the cover of a Romance novel. Except for the cigarette.

Pastorius said...

Is that the guitar player from the Black Crowes?

Syl said...

This photo is copyright but is popping up all over blogs mostly without attribution.

I first saw it at Pajama's with a link to a set of stunning photos that will knock your socks off!

The new rock stars: the IDF

terrye said...

chuck"

Saw right through me didn't you?


He is rather fetching.

terrye said...

Syl:

They are copyrighted? OOps. I saw it on Pajamas too.

Maybe I should note that.

Seneca the Younger said...

I don't want to hear any more complaints about my Girls of the IDF post.

Peter UK said...

Rather clever,just need to expose the female side of moonbatia to start subverting the ranks,after all they are going to compare the skinny little wimp or the lard arse there with them,to these young chaps and the DNA is going to re-assert itself.