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Annan holds talks in Jerusalem

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“We need to deal with the lifting of the embargo — sea, land and air — which for the Lebanese is a humiliation,” Mr Annan said before wrapping up his two-day visit to Lebanon in which he viewed the destruction created by the month long conflict.

“And of course the (Lebanese) government needs measures to assure, ensure that the entrances (to) the country — sea, land and air — are secure,” he added at the UN headquarters in the southern port of Naqura.

But Israel says it will only lift the blockade when UN warships take its place. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni telling reports at a press conference in Denmark, “The naval blockade is to prevent rearmament of Hezbollah.”

Fragile truce

Mr Annan’s visit aims to strengthen the fragile truce between the country and Hezbollah. He has already met with Defence Minister Amir Peretz, who said that Israeli forces will remain in southern Lebanon until the UN peacekeeping forces take their place.

Israel forces “will remain for several weeks, no longer than that,” Mr Peretz told reporters after the meeting.

Mr Annan said that he expected extra soldiers will soon be deployed to fulfil the UN truce resolution’s aim of an eventual 15,000 personnel in Lebanon.

“We should be able to double relatively quickly the 2,500 men we have on the ground and move up to 5,000” so that the Israelis can move back to the international border, he said.

Mr Annan also met with the Israeli families of the three soldiers captured by militants in Lebanon and Gaza, two of whom were taken by Hezbollah in July sparking the conflict.

Hezbollah has said it will release their captives if Israel takes part in a prisoner exchange, so far it has publicly refused that deal, insisting on an unconditional release but local media have reported that talks over a potential exchange are under way.

Islamic Jihad chief dies

The head of the armed wing of the hardline Palestinian faction Islamic Jihad in the West Bank has died from injuries sustained in an Israeli army operation earlier this month, the group said.

Hossam Jaradat, 40, was injured on August 23 after Israeli commandos opened fire on him during an operation in a refugee camp in the northern West Bank of Jenin.

He had been in critical condition in a Nablus hospital since.

Deployment

Meanwhile, Italy’s first contingent of at least 800 troops, out of an eventual 3,000 pledged by the government, has set sail on what Rome called a “long and risky” mission.

The Italian flotilla, made up of an aircraft carrier, three landing craft and a patrol ship, left from Brindisi and Taranto in southeast Italy and is due Friday at the Lebanese port of Tyre, which came under heavy attack during the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.

Italy aims to deploy 2,450 ground troops in two phases over four months. It will be the largest single contribution to the international force which Italy will command from March next year.

France, which has troops in the existing UN forces has promised to send an additional battalion of about 900 soldiers, armed with tanks and heavy artillery, before the middle of September, with a second battalion to follow.

Nepal is the latest country to pledge help, saying it will send 850 troops to the UN mission.

While the Turkish government said it wanted to recall parliament early, and meet on September the fifth, to approve its troop contribution.

The UN is hoping that Muslim nations will also send troops as peacekeepers to balance the numbers already pledged by European countries.

A donors’ conference will be held in Sweden on Thursday, which aims to raise about 500 million dollars for Lebanon’s immediate humanitarian and reconstruction needs.

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