The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP has welcomed the ceasefire announced at the United Nations on Friday which calls for a "full cessation of hostilities" and authorises up to 15,000 UN troops to enforce a ceasefire. Under the resolution Hizbollah must halt all attacks and Israel must stop "all offensive military operations".

Mr Timms said:

"This resolution offers the best hope for a speedy end to the violence, and for a lasting peace between Israel and Lebanon.

Both sides should now end their military offensives immediately and comply with the spirit and letter of the resolution so that the casualties suffered on both sides do not grow any further.

I am glad that the early signs are that today's ceasefire appears to be holding on both sides but this must be just the first step. As the current violence comes to an end, negotiations to create a separate, autonomous and viable Palestinian state must start again without delay."

AuthorStephen Timms