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Actions in Northern Israel and Southern Lebanon

Actions in Northern Israel and Southern Lebanon

Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Statement by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
Paris, France
July 12, 2006

I condemn today's kidnapping by Hezbollah, a terrorist organization, of two Israeli soldiers. Hezbollah's action undermines regional stability and goes against the interests of both the Israeli and Lebanese people.

I have spoken with UN Secretary General Annan, Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora and Israeli Foreign Minister Livni.

We are united in our determination to achieve the release of the Israeli soldiers. Syria has a special responsibility to use its influence to support a positive outcome. All sides must act with restraint to resolve this incident peacefully and to protect innocent life and civilian infrastructure.

Released on July 12, 2006


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