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L'Osservatore: Response Slow in Mideast

VATICAN CITY, AUG. 24, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The semiofficial Vatican newspaper expressed alarm over the slowness with which the international community is taking steps to end hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.

"The passing of the hours and the days shows a worrying slowness on the part of the international community to assume its responsibilities," L'Osservatore Romano said, referring to resolution 1701 on Lebanon.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the resolution Aug. 11.

The Vatican newspaper's Italian edition comments that the resolution not only seeks to put an end to the violence, but also to relaunch the peace process in the Middle East.

"Despite the reiterated requests of the United Nations, in fact, international diplomacy has not yet found the means to help the unfortunate populations involved in the crisis," states the daily.

The newspaper also deplores that "it is not known when and how the intervention will take place."

The resolution provides for the deployment of an international military contingent to reinforce the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon.