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28 July, 2006 - Published 13:03 GMT
Blair set for White House talks
The British prime minister hopes to agree the outline of a new United Nations resolution at talks he's having at the White House today. This report from Nick Robinson:
Tony Blair is travelling to the White House determined, we're told, to inject urgency into international efforts to bring a halt to the fighting in Lebanon. This does not mean that the prime minister is now convinced of the case for an immediate ceasefire.
What it does reflect is his growing sense and fear that a heavy price is being paid, both at home and abroad, for the perception that Britain and America have given Israel the green light to continue her assault on Lebanon, whatever the human cost.
Tony Blair hopes to convince President Bush to back a UN resolution next week, mandating a new international stabilisation force in Lebanon and calling for the disarming of militias there and the facilitation of the exchange of prisoners held by Hezbollah and the Israelis. This, the prime minister believes, might eventually convince both sides to back down.
Nick Robinson, BBC, on the plane to the US
to inject urgency
to bring a halt
have given Israel the green light to
whatever the human cost
to back down