France and the United States are revising their proposal for ending the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, and diplomats say the work is likely to delay a vote by the U.N. Security Council.
Differences between the two countries have emerged after an Arab League delegation argued on Tuesday that the Security Council should call for both an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon.
Today, French President Jacques Chirac said the U.S. is resisting some Arab proposals. He added that giving up on a ceasefire resolution would be immoral. He warned that the fighting in Lebanon could destabilize the Middle East.
France is in favor of accommodating some Arab demands.
In Beirut, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch met with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora today. After the meeting, Mr. Siniora told reporters there has been no progress on reaching a ceasefire.