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Israel, Lebanon Indicate Cease-Fire Approval as Security Council Set to Vote

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Israel and Lebanon indicate they will accept a U.N. cease-fire resolution that is about to be voted on by the Security Council in New York.

Israeli officials say Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will ask his security cabinet on Sunday to make the necessary vote to implement the cease-fire deal. But the officials also say Israel's military offensive will continue for the time being.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Lebanon has also indicated it is prepared to accept the resoultion.

Diplomats in New York (Friday) say the Security Council will vote shortly on the U.S. French compromise draft to end the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerillas.

The resolution calls for a "progressive" withdrawal of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon and the deployment of the Lebanese army, backed up by an expanded, 15-thousand strong UN peacekeeping force.

Israeli officials say various ministers in Mr. Olmert's cabinet have voiced satisfaction in the past few hours with the amended resolution.
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