Qatari and Pakistani Troops for Lebanon?
Qatar became the first Arab country Monday to commit troops to monitor a tense cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah as Pakistan’s prime minister toured devastated south Beirut and considered a similar offer says an AP report.
“The planned 15,000-strong U.N. force is meant to secure a buffer zone between Israel and the Hezbollah guerrillas in south Lebanon. The U.N. cease-fire resolution calls for Hezbollah to eventually be disarmed, without specifically directing peacekeepers to take on that task.
“The U.S., Europe and Israel have been eager to have Muslim forces among the peacekeepers, but Muslim states fear they could be perceived as opposing Hezbollah, which gained considerable clout in the region for its fierce resistance to the Israeli army.
“Under the cease-fire plan, 15,000 Lebanese soldiers also are to be deployed to assert control over the Hezbollah stronghold south of the Litani River and to prevent arms from reaching the guerrillas.”