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In quotes: Global reaction to conflict
US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice
Ms Rice said there must be no place for "terrorist groups" like Hezbollah
The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, has said there is an "urgent" need for a ceasefire in the Middle East, as the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel goes on.

Here is a selection of quotes from a variety of key leaders on the latest developments.

US SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE

"It is very important to establish conditions under which a ceasefire can take place. We believe that a ceasefire is urgent.

"It is important to have conditions that will make it also sustainable.

"The really important thing here is that whatever we do it has to contribute towards Lebanon's regaining sovereignty over all its territory."

KING ABDULLAH OF SAUDI ARABIA

"If the peace option fails because of Israeli arrogance, there will be no other option but war.

"No-one can predict what will happen if things get out of control.

"The Arabs have declared peace as a strategic choice... and put forward a clear and fair proposal of land for peace and have ignored (Arab) extremist calls opposing the peace proposal... but patience cannot last forever."

UK PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR

"There have been, as you would expect, over the past few days enormous diplomatic efforts to get us to the point where I hope at some point within the next few days we can say very clearly what our plan is to bring about such an immediate cessation of hostilities.

"What is occurring at the present in Lebanon is a catastrophe. It is damaging that country and its fragile democracy."

UN SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN

"What is important is that we leave [Wednesday's ministerial talks in] Rome with a concrete strategy on how we are going to deal with this and we do not walk away empty-handed and once again dash the hopes of those who are caught in this conflict.

"We have to truly agree a package and move forward with simultaneous and parallel implementation of the package. I have problems with the sequential approach."

EGYTPIAN PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBARAK

"The situation is very grave and needs urgent action to reach a ceasefire and put an end to hostilities. After the ceasefire we can deal with all issues causing the current problem."

HEZBOLLAH LEADER SHEIKH HASSAN NASRALLAH

"Any Israeli incursion will not have political results unless it achieves any of the announced goals, most importantly to stop the bombardment of Zionist settlements.

"I assure you that this will goal will not be achieved."

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER EHUD OLMERT

"Israeli cities are attacked on a daily basis by our enemies from Lebanon. It's not emphasised enough.

"There is one fundamental difference between the state of Israel and Hezbollah, which is a terrorist - brutal terrorist - fundamentalist organisation. The state of Israel exercises its right for self defence, as was accurately described by President Bush."

IRANIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD

"Israel pushed the button of its own destruction by attacking Lebanon.

"Britain and the United States are accomplices of the Zionist regime in its crimes in Lebanon and Palestine.

"Arrogant powers have set up a base for themselves to threaten and plunder nations in the region

But today, the occupier regime [Israel], whose philosophy is based on threats, massacre and invasion, has reached its finishing line"

SYRIAN MINISTER OF EXPATRIATES BUTHAINA SHAABAN

"I call upon the international community to end the Israeli occupation of Arab territories and to remind the entire world that Hezbollah came into existence only as a response to Israeli occupation of Lebanon.

"There's going to be no solution here without Hezbollah and the allies being part of the solution in the region. The West has to be realistic and to find a solution just as they did in 1996."

FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER PHILIPPE DOUSTE-BLAZY

"I am convinced that a ceasefire is possible.

"In Jerusalem as in Beirut my message is the same: reaching as rapidly as possible a ceasefire which meets Israel's legitimate aspiration for security and which ensures the survival of the Lebanese state, because the survival of the Lebanese state is in Israel's interest."

GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER FRANK-WATER STEINMEIER

"The German government is not forgetting who caused this escalation.

"At the same time.... civilians on the Palestinian and the Lebanese side... we have to make sure there will be a solution."

MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI

"The ceasefire and the handing over of the two Israeli soldiers must be carried out immediately and simultaneously.

"Without the ceasefire, the Hezbollah will not hand over the two soldiers while the other side are pressing for the handover before implementing the ceasefire."




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