Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Ambassador John Bolton on Lebanon-Nov 28

Ambassador John R. Bolton                                                     
Remarks in the Security Council                                               
New York City                                                                  
November 28, 2006        
Reporter: On Lebanon, is there a deadline that you are willing to wait for the Lebanese to get out of this deadlock in basically ratifying the agreement --                                                                       
Ambassador Bolton: I'm not sure there is a deadlock. As I understand it, the matter lies before the president for a 15-day period. That period has begun. He
either acts to endorse the agreement and send it to the parliament or it goes automatically to the parliament, where the parliament will then take a decision. So we're in a period that is sort of a statutory hold on the government's consideration, but then when it goes to the parliament, they'll make their decision.