Published August 14, 2006
A U.N.-imposed cease-fire went into effect Monday after the Israeli Cabinet approved the deal calling for an end to Mideast violence.
The resolution authorizes 15,000 U.N. peacekeepers to help Lebanese troops take control of south Lebanon as Israeli forces that have occupied the area withdraw.
The resolution also:
— will allow Israel to continue "defensive operations."
— seeks an immediate halt to the fighting.
— spells out a series of steps that would lead to a permanent cease-fire and long-term solution.
— will expand the current force of 2,000 U.N. troops to a maximum of 15,000.
— implement previous Security Council resolutions calling for Hezbollah's disarmament.
— calls for Israeli troops to withdraw "in parallel" to the addition of U.N. troops.
— gives Annan one week to report back on how well the U.N. resolution's been implemented.
— emphasizes the need for the "unconditional release" of the two Israeli soldiers whose July 12 capture by Hezbollah sparked the conflict; however that call is not included in the list of steps required for a lasting cease-fire.
— creates in south Lebanon "free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the government of Lebanon and UNIFIL" — the acronym of the U.N. force deployed in the region since 1978.
— calls for Annan to produce proposals within 30 days on resolving various border disputes including the one over Chebaa Farms. Lebanon had wanted a direct demand in the draft that Chebaa Farms be put under U.N. control.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.