U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has headed back to the Middle East in a second attempt to bring calm to the region this week.
The top U.S. diplomat discussed the crisis in Lebanon at a regional security forum in Kuala Lumpur.
Secretary Rice flew out Saturday, taking a package of proposals to the Israeli and Lebanese governments to try to end the crisis.
In Malaysia Friday, Asian diplomats at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah militants.
At the forum, Rice said the United States is concerned about humanitarian conditions in Lebanon.
But she added changes must be made to the situation, including full Lebanese government authority in Hezbollah-controlled areas.
"We have to help the parties establish conditions for an early ceasefire that nonetheless does not return us to the status quo ante."
Rice will meet with Israeli and Lebanese officials to discuss a proposed United Nations Security Council resolution next week.