Thus far, I know that it calls for the existing UNIFIL contingent to be beefed up to 15,000 troops from its current 2,000 (I wonder which nations will contribute to this force, and whether it will be deployed along the Lebanese-Syrian border).
The resolution calls for a cessation of violence "at the earliest possible time." (what the hell does that mean? And how will it translate on the ground?)
It also calls for Israeli troops to withdraw from Lebanese soil, and tasks the UNIFIL contingent to monitor the withdrawal.
This development comes about just as Olmert decided to ramp up operations inside of Lebanon.
For a few hours today, disgust at the over-all situation was really starting to set in. It really appeared that all diplomatic efforts had failed, and that Hizballah and Israel were gonna go after each other for the rest of the foreseeable future.
I hope this glimmer of hope doesn't fade away.
Update: British Foreign Secretary (4:20 PM EST interviewed on CNN's Situation Room)
- We're not sure that all Perm. Mem. of Security Council are on board.
- We know that we, the French and the Americans are on board.
- We hope that the resolution will be passed tonight.
- The resolution is not a chapter seven, but it is 'very, very strongly worded' and clearly mandated
- The two forces (UN and Lebanese) will work together to 'assert Lebanese sovereignty' and to 'prevent arms reaching any third party within
- There is a very clear statement concerning prisoners held by Hizballah and
Update 3: Condi Rice Speaks To Wolf Blitzer
- Gov of Lebanon has let me know that Resolution will serve its interests
- The obligation to disarm Hizballah is not a job for the UN force. It is up to the Lebanese authorities to implement the Taif Accords and disarm all militias in
- Force will not allow a return to the status quo ante
- It will secure Borders and prevent arms from entering
- It will help the Lebanese Army secure South
- The force has a very firm mandate to defend itself and to defend its mandate
troops will participate US