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Blair Postpones Vacation as Talks on Cease-fire Resolution Continue


British Prime Minister Tony Blair has delayed his vacation as France, Britain and the United States work to agree on a cease-fire resolution to end the fighting in Lebanon.

Mr. Blair and French President Jacques Chirac talked by telephone Friday and stressed the need to reach agreement quickly on a United Nations Security Council resolution. Mr. Chirac called for an all-out effort for a U.N.-backed cease-fire.

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she believes the U.N. Security Council can agree on a resolution to end the Israel-Hezbollah fighting within days.

Differences between the United States and France have slowed progress on a resolution.

France insists a cease-fire should precede any deployment of an international force, while the United States wants peacekeeping troops in place first.

In other developments, Lebanon's parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri appealed to Russia Friday to help bring an end to the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.

Hariri spoke after meeting with Russia's Security Council head in Moscow.

Elsewhere, Malaysia's defense chief says his country plans to send 1,000 peacekeepers to Lebanon as soon as a cease-fire is declared.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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