'Olmert to cede Shebaa Farms to UN'

Israel Materials 17 June 2008 11:13 (UTC +04:00)

The Israeli premier has voiced his willingness to evacuate Israeli troops from Shebaa Farms to hand the area to the UN, a report says.

Ehud Olmert is ready to cede the farms to the UN as early as July, Israeli website Debkafile reported.

Olmert informed the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about his decision when they met in al-Quds on Sunday, the report added.

Rice took the news to Beirut Monday at the end of her talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, reported PresssTV.

"The United States hopes for an early settlement to the Shebaa Farms issue," she told Lebanese president Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

Israel captured the Shebaa Farms, a 25-square-kilometer (10-square-mile) area of land on the Israel-Lebanon-Syria border, during the 1967 Six Day War.