Lebanon summit fails civilian victims
A 15-nation summit in Rome has failed to reach agreement on calling for an immediate ceasefire in southern Lebanon.
Before the talks, Kofi Annan, the UN secretary general, had urged the Rome conference to back an "immediate cessation of hostilities" between Israel and Hezbollah forces.
But a joint declaration read after the conference fell short of Annan's request, instead pledging to work with "urgency" for a truce.
The declaration, read by Massimo D'Alema, the Italian foreign minister, expressed the international community's "determination to work immediately to reach with utmost urgency a ceasefire to put an end to the current hostilities".
A ceasefire to end the bloodshed in the region "must be lasting, permanent and sustainable," he said Read more
db: BBC World Service [radio] reported that on the insistence of the US [and no doubt the UK] any references to an "immediate" ceasefire were dropped. After 1 1/2 hours of haggling what we got was a US approved declaration. No Syria involvement, no Iran. Meanwhile Israel can go on killing whomsoever they damn well please.