European Union foreign ministers last Friday gave United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan a lot to smile about as it became clear that Europeans have decided to take part with significant troop contributions to the reinforced 15,000 strong international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon. Speaking at a press conference after meeting with EU ministers in Brussels, Annan said: “More than half the force has been pledged today. Not only troops on the ground, but we also got naval assets as w...

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