UN calls on Beirut to disarm Hizbollah, close border with Syria
In the past few minutes, the UN Security Council has placed an astonishing set of demands on the Beirut government.
First it wants the government of Fouad Siniora to disarm Hizbollah - something he said he will not do.
Second it wants the Syria-Lebanon border to be closed. The UN wants to halt the flow of arms and people across the frontier. (Until now, there had been no mention of a problem of arms coming from Syria - in fact, the Syrian authorities caught a number of Lebanese near the border smuggling weapons into Syria - Lebanon is a much more heavily armed country).
Third, it wants Lebanon to set a date for new presidential elections.
It comes just weeks after US Secretary of State Welch visited Beirut and demanded that Hizbollah be kicked out of government.