The U.N. peacekeeping chief says he's hopeful an understanding will be reached soon to facilitate the Israeli army's withdrawal from parts of an Arab village they have held since the 2006 war with Hezbollah.
U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said after touring Lebanon's border with Israel that peacekeepers are talking to the Israelis on a withdrawal arrangement, but no date has been set. He said in a statement Monday he intends to press officials on an early resolution when he travels to Israel later.
Israel's Haaretz newspaper has reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to approve the withdrawal before flying to Washington in two weeks.
A U.N.-demarcated withdrawal line put Ghajar's northern part in Lebanon, but Israel has kept control.