"Asked soon after about a new resolution, Bolton said, "As we’ve always contemplated, the disarming of Hezbollah, which was not specifically addressed in 1701, would have to be addressed, and that should be coming shortly."
But U.S. officials stressed that there is no new resolution on the drawing board yet.
"It’s premature to talk about the timing of a second resolution at this point," said Bolton’s spokesman, Richard Grenell. "Our priority right now is to get a robust international force on the ground."
The Security Council received a briefing Monday on the latest situation in Lebanon and efforts by the U.N. peacekeeping department to rapidly put together an expanded force.
Asked how confident he was that the U.N. can come up with the numbers it needs, Bolton replied: "I think it’s still a work in progress. I think that’s the best I can say. I don’t think there’s any doubt in our mind of the urgency of the deployment of the full, enhanced UNIFIL as soon as possible."
Bolton stressed that the U.S. "road map" includes full implementation of Resolution 1559 adopted by the Security Council in 2004, which calls for the disarmament of all militias in Lebanon — including Hezbollah.
"So the question of dealing with Hezbollah — or whether they deal with themselves by becoming a real political party instead of a terrorist group — is obviously on the agenda," he said.
Bolton said the initial force "can be deployed now but it’s obviously closely linked" to disarming Hezbollah.
"And we want the disarming of Hezbollah to be accomplished rapidly so that the democratically elected government of Lebanon can establish full control over its territory," he said.
Bolton said an expanded force could be deployed and then have its mandate changed later." Yahoo
I am having another of my "I don’t get it" minutes. Let’s see – Resolutions from the UN are only as good as the possibility of implementation. HA fought the IDF to a standstill in a month of combat and recently roughed up a heliborne raid by "elite" IDF commandos.
This demonstrated military potential makes Nasrallah and company the strongest "player" in Lebanon. Without his military force Nasrallah will be at the mercy of his many enemies. The Levant is not a forgiving place.
Why is it that Bolton and Bush think the Nasrallah is going to comply with a UN resolution that calls for his force to disarm. Why would he do it Why? The Iranians are going to be sanctioned by another UN resolution which they are going to ignore. So, they are not going to be urging HA to comply. Bashar Assad is another unlikely sponsor for disarmament.
I am sure that some of you will explain this notion of the two "Bs" for me.