Security Council calls for stop to violence in south of Lebanon

Iran Materials 31 July 2006 11:11 (UTC +04:00)

(Itar-Tass) - The situation in southern Lebanon warrants an immediate stop to violence and a durable, long-lasting and stable ceasefire, the chief of the UN Security Council said in his statement made on Sunday after urgent consultations that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called in connection with the tragic events in Kana.

The Security Council feels shock and pain over the bombing in Kana that killed tens of civilians, mostly children, and left many injured, the statement says.

It expresses profound condolences to relatives the dead and to the Lebanese people, reports Trend.

The Security Council deeply regrets the death of the innocent people in Kana and of all civilians in the ongoing conflict, the document says.

It commissions the UN secretary general to report within a week circumstances of the tragic incident in Kana.

The document also expresses concern over a threat of an escalation of violence that will further aggravate the humanitarian situation in the region.

The statement calls on all sides in the conflict to provide immediate and unlimited access of the humanitarian aid to stricken areas.

The Security Council also expresses regret about the hostile actions toward UN workers and calls for ensuring safety of UN personnel and facilities.

The statement stresses the resolve of the Security Council to begin without any delay the work on passing a resolution aimed at achieving long-term settlement of the crisis on the basis of the currently undertaken dramatic efforts.