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Lebanon, Israel Expected to Approve UN Ceasefire Resolution


The Lebanese government is expected to accept a United Nations ceasefire resolution aimed at ending the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Lebanon's Cabinet meets today in Beirut to consider the resolution.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to urge his Cabinet to approve the measure when it meets on Sunday.

U.N. officials say an international force could begin deploying in a week.

Western nations have hailed the resolution, which was adopted Friday at the Security Council.

France says it will send troops to bolster the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

Russia's foreign ministry says all sides should abide by the resolution.

President Bush welcomed the measure today, while blaming Hezbollah, Iran and Syria for what he called an unwanted war. He urged the international community to bring lasting peace to the Middle East.

But news agencies quote Iran's foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki who said the resolution should be reconsidered because it benefits what he called the Zionist regime.

The resolution calls for a full cessation of hostilities before authorizing an increase in the current U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to 15-thousand troops. The U.N. force will help the Lebanese Army deploy another 15-thousand troops near the border with Israel, potentially removing the Hezbollah threat.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the Council's failure to act more quickly has badly shaken the world's faith in that body.
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