BEIRUT, Lebanon, AP – Arab foreign ministers decided Monday to send a delegation to the United Nations to represent Lebanon’s interests at the Security Council, an aide to Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora said.
The three-man delegation will include the foreign ministers of Qatar, the only Arab member on the Security Council, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa.
“The Arab delegation will support Lebanon’s position at the United Nations and seek to amend the U.S.-French draft resolution,” the aide told The Associated Press.
The three will leave for New York later Monday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press on the record.
The draft cease-fire resolution, proposed by the United States and France, ran into opposition over the weekend, as fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon intensified.
Lebanon and Qatar have proposed many amendments to the draft, including a demand that Israel pull its forces out of Lebanon once the hostilities end.
The draft calls for Hezbollah to stop all military operations and for Israel to stop its offensive military drive into Lebanon. The proposal would allow Israel to strike back if Hezbollah were to break a cease-fire. It made no mention of an Israeli withdrawal.