Israel proposes direct talks with Lebanon: report
An Israeli army delegation has proposed direct political bilateral talks between the governments Lebanon and Israel, local As-Safier daily reported Thursda, reported Xinhua.
Lebanese government sources were quoted as saying that the high- level Israeli delegation put forward the proposal when meeting with a Lebanese delegation under the auspices of UN Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Wednesday.
The Israeli side surprised the Lebanese by proposing to move the military talks which focus on the implementation of UN Resolution 1701 to a bilateral political level between the governments of Lebanon and Israel.
"If you accept our proposal, all conflicting issues would be solved at one time," the head of the Israeli delegation was quoted as telling the Lebanese side in the presence of UNIFIL commander Maj. Gen. Claudio Graziano.
The daily did not give the name of the Israeli delegation head.
The Lebanese side said the Lebanese government instructions have limited the tripartite meeting's agenda to discuss issues related to the implementation of UN Resolution 1701.
UN Resolution 1701 ended a 34-day devastating war between Israel and Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah in 2006. Over 12, 000 troops from 20 different countries have been deployed on the Lebanese-Israeli borders to oversee the implementation of the resolution. Enditem