US initiating own plan for Lebanese crisis

Thursday, July 27, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
After mediated talks in Rome failed on Wednesday to reach any conclusion to the ongoing conflict, the US is developing a plan of its own in hopes of solving the crisis in Lebanon.

The United States, which opposes a cease-fire, has created an initiative that calls for Israel to withdraw from the Shaba Farms in southern Lebanon and for the deployment of NATO forces to disarm Hizballah terrorists.

Additional American envoys to the Middle East, David Welsh and Elliott Abrams, are expected to arrive in Israel on Thursday for further talks in finding a resolution to the ongoing fighting.

They hope to formulate an agreement for stationing an international militia in southern Lebanon.

Welsh and Abrams both participated in the Rome summit, along with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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