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France, US Revising Draft UN Resolution on Israel-Hezbollah


France and the United States are revising their draft U.N. resolution on ending the Israel-Hezbollah fighting, amid strong Arab objections to the measure.

France's U.N. ambassador, Jean-Marc de La Sabliere, said Tuesday he is taking into account ideas proposed in recent days. A French official said his country has not split with the U.S. on the draft, saying U.S.-French negotiations are continuing.

Earlier, an Arab League delegation went before the U.N. Security Council to support Lebanon's demands for an immediate cease-fire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon. Lebanon has rejected the draft because it does not call for a pullout of Israeli forces.

Qatar's foreign minister Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani - representing the delegation - told the Council that adopting a non-enforceable resolution would have what he called "grave ramifications" for countries in the region.

The minister also accused the U.N. body of standing by idly during weeks of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.

Israel's ambassador to the U.N. Dan Gillerman said any resolution must call for a "strong and robust" international force in Lebanon.

Meanwhile, the United States says it is willing to consider a Lebanese government proposal to deploy 15,000 troops in southern Lebanon.

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