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Rice says 'time to get to a ceasefire' in Lebanon - UPDATE
07.30.2006, 07:22 AM

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JERUSALEM (XFN-ASIA) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said it was time to 'get to a ceasefire' in Lebanon but declined to call for an 'immediate' halt to hostilities after deadly raids by Israel on the Lebanese village of Qana.

Asked whether the deaths of at least 51 civilians in Qana meant it was time to drop the US position that there could only be a ceasefire when political conditions were in place to make it sustainable, she said: 'I think what it is time to do is get to a ceasefire, we actually have to put one in place.'

'We want a ceasefire as soon as possible, I would have wanted a ceasefire yesterday if possible, but the parties have to agree to a ceasefire and there have to be certain conditions in place,' she told reporters.

'Any ceasefire has to have circumstances that are going to be acceptable to the parties,' Rice said.


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