Lebanon says it won't disarm Hezbollah...
No surprise...but what will the international community do now that Lebanon won't honor a Security Council Resolution?
The president of Lebanon ruled out disarming Hizbollah yesterday, rejecting a central element of the United Nations plan for peace on the frontier with Israel. Disarming the guerrilla group is required under UN Resolution 1701, which was passed last Friday.
Lebanon's army, aided by an expanded UN peacekeeping mission, was supposed to accomplish this task. But President Emile Lahoud, a Christian, fiercely criticised the proposal in a statement from Beirut. "It is disgraceful to demand the disarmament of the national resistance while the blood of martyrs is still warm," he said.
"How can they ask us to disarm the only force in the Arab world who stood up to Israel?"