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02 Dec 2006 description

Prime Minister Siniora has earned world's respect, U.S. official says

By Howard Cincotta, USINFO Special Correspondent

Washington - The United States fully supports Lebanon's government for its commitment to peace, security, and efforts to represent all Lebanese communities, says R. Nicholas Burns, U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs.

In an interview with the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) on December 1, Burns said that Prime Minister Fouad Siniora is widely respected by leaders around the world.

01 Dec 2006 description

Note: The last situation report was dated November 17, 2006.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

On November 21, the USG Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) traveled to Marjayoun and Hasbeya districts to monitor the progress and impact of school rehabilitation and winterization projects funded by the U.S.

01 Dec 2006 description
report UN Security Council

J'ai l'honneur de présenter au Conseil de sécurité un complément d'information qui constitue une mise à jour de mon rapport du 12 septembre 2006 sur l'application de la résolution 1701 (2006) du Conseil de sécurité (S/2006/780) portant en particulier sur les opérations de la Force intérimaire des Nations Unies au Liban (FINUL) et d'autres activités des Nations Unies s'y rapportant.

01 Dec 2006 description
report UN Security Council

I have the honour to submit a factual update to my report of 12 September 2006 on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 (2006) (S/2006/780), in particular on the operations of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and other relevant United Nations activities. In doing so, I have noted and welcome the continuing commitment of the Government of Lebanon and the Government of Israel to all aspects of the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 (2006).

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01 Dec 2006 description
report American Red Cross

Introduction

The contributions in the book will make the case that improving global mental health is the gateway for achieving many of the millennium development goals. In spite of many controversies, disaster mental health and psychosocial support have penetrated into the cycle of disaster response and have gained ground in being established as a stand-alone component.

This book is divided into four sections. The rst section is presents the theoretical bases for mental health and psychosocial support activities after a major disaster.

01 Dec 2006 description

WASHINGTON (December 1, 2006)- The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) international policy committee has urged Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to increase efforts with the international community to establish peace, stability and political reform in Lebanon.

Calling the assassination of Lebanese cabinet minister Pierre Gemayel "another sign of the deepening crisis in Lebanon," Bishop Thomas G.

01 Dec 2006 description


The Lebanon Crisis Health Cluster Bulletin aims to give an overview of the health activities conducted by the health cluster partners in the areas affected by the latest conflict in Lebanon. It compiles health information received from the different organizations working in Beirut, South Lebanon, South Beirut, and the Bekaa valley.

The Health Cluster Bulletin will be issued every other Friday.

Highlights

- One new case of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B were reported and confirmed through the Early Warning and Response System (EWARS).

01 Dec 2006 description


Debates Follow-up to its Decisions Concerning Missions to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Human Rights Council this morning took up the issue of follow-up to its decisions, discussing the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Lebanon, as well as missions to the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

01 Dec 2006 description

Beirut_(dpa) _ Hundred of thousands of pro-Syrian followers gathered Friday in Beirut's downtown area around the governmental palace, calling on Prime Minister Fouad Seniora to step down.

As the speeches in the main part of the demonstration ended, protesters began blocking all roads to where the government usually hold weekly meetings in downtown Beirut.

"We will block all roads leading to where the cabinet meetings wil be held with our tents and sleep in them," an organizer said. "This is part of our next phase of plan."

01 Dec 2006 description

Director of MECC's relief arm in Lebanon discusses response following conflict

By Toya Richards Hill, ACT International

Beirut, Lebanon, December 1, 2006 - Even before the bombing stopped and the killing ended, local and international non-governmental organizations were rallying to assist Lebanon's battered people.

Counted among them was the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), through its humanitarian relief arm, the Inter-Church Network for Development and Relief in Lebanon (ICNDR).

01 Dec 2006 description

By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA, Dec 1 (Reuters) - A United Nations human rights inquiry said on Friday that Israel should be made to pay compensation for damage caused by its month-long war in Lebanon, especially losses incurred by civilians.

It suggested setting up an international compensation programme similar to the one which has paid out billions of dollars to cover losses due to Iraq's 1990-91 invasion and occupation of Kuwait.

But the three-member commission of inquiry -- which also rejected Israeli and U.S.

01 Dec 2006 description

By Joshua Mitnick | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

The recent trips by President Bush and Secretary Rice signal a US push for a holistic, regional solution.

TEL AVIV - After sitting down with President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Jordan Thursday to seek solutions to Iraq's agony, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice waded into the other conflict spreading bitterness throughout the region.

Hoping to keep the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire momentum alive, Ms.

30 Nov 2006 description
report European Commission

Introduction

The present Bulletin is dedicated to the analysis of the agro-meteorological situation in the non-European countries of the Mediterranean basin during the period from the beginning of October 2006 to the end of November 2006. This is a period for winter crops sowing, and emergence in most countries of the region. Practically in all countries, wheat and barley are the main winter crops. Additionally, sugar beets are cultivated in winter in Israel, as well as potatoes in Morocco. The main part of winter crops is cultivated in rain-fed conditions.

30 Nov 2006 description

Largement mobilisé dès les premières heures du conflit libano-israélien, le Mouvement international de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge n'a cessé depuis de jouer un rôle crucial.

<<J'aime la vie... Je n'aime pas la guerre !» répète Khaled Bazzi, l'un des responsables de la Croix-Rouge libanaise (CRL) de Bent Jbail, petite ville du Sud-Liban partiellement détruite par les bombardements israéliens.

30 Nov 2006 description

From the first moments of the Lebanese-Israeli conflict, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was widely mobilized and has played a pivotal role ever since.

''I LOVE life... I hate war!" insists Khaled Bazzi, a Lebanese Red Cross official in Bent Jbail, a small town in southern Lebanon partially destroyed by Israeli bombardments. Perched on a hill, the building which houses the Lebanese Red Cross regional committee is more or less intact, except for the northern façade, which is riddled with shrapnel.

30 Nov 2006 description

Lebanon has been in turmoil and had gone through numerous wars for the past quarter century. Recent war in July 2006 was caused by the abduction of Israeli soldiers at the South Lebanon and ceased fire in August 2006 after the brutal military battles. AAR JAPAN arrived in Lebanon after the ceasefire, in order to assess the damages by the military attacks, and found the needs to the peoples who are living with countless number of unexploded cluster bombs and landmines.

30 Nov 2006 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/10542

Sixty-first General Assembly
Plenary
61st & 62nd Meetings (AM & PM)

Two-Day Debate Concludes on Question of Palestine, Middle East Situation; Action on Six Draft Resolution Expected Tomorrow

30 Nov 2006 description

OVERVIEW FOR DECEMBER

The Qatar presidency in December will be a challenging one. December is a short month because Council members usually strive to finish their work by Christmas. However, there are a near record-high number of issues on the December calendar.

29 Nov 2006 description
report Mercy Corps

- Fearing a repeat of this summer's violence, humanitarian agency calls for a renewed commitment to immediate and long-term recovery efforts

- Upcoming Paris donor conference offers opportunity to provide substantial reconstruction assistance to build peace and stability in the country and region

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As tension escalates in Lebanon, Mercy Corps recommends stepping up international aid efforts for short- and long-term recovery - especially in the marginalized and hardest-hit areas of Lebanon, where unemployment rates reached as high as 75 percent.