am relieved to note that the cessation of hostilities
in Lebanon called for by the Security Council, which
came into effect at 0500 hours GMT today, appears
to be generally holding. I urge the parties to make
every effort, in the interest of the civilian population
on both sides, to continue and consolidate the cessation.
I also urge them to move swiftly to convert it into
a lasting ceasefire, in cooperation with UNIFIL,
through the measures prescribed in the Security
Council Resolution. The United Nations is actively
carrying out its part in those measures, and I strongly
urge all parties to do likewise, including especially
those Member States that can contribute to the enhanced
Millions around the world have pinned their hopes
for peace on the implementation of this agreement.
Neither side should have any reason to disappoint
those hopes, and if either were to do so it would
pay a heavy price in terms of world public opinion.