U.S. Lawmakers Urge Action on Hizbullah Arms

(JTA) 31 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Reps. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), sent a letter Dec. 3 to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling on the Obama administration to work toward disarming Hizbullah and clearing southern Lebanon of Iranian-sent weapons. The group asked Clinton to ensure greater accountability from the UN in enforcing Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 Lebanon War and calls for the disarmament of Hizbullah. The letter notes that the Obama administration has requested more than $200 million for UNIFIL and $100 million in military assistance for the government of Lebanon. "For that much money," it said, "American taxpayers deserve to see results."

2009-12-07 09:58:39

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