Arab heads of state meeting in Cairo today (25 October) overwhelmingly endorsed a peace package for Lebanon, but difficulties were reported over the formation of a 30-thousand man Arab Security Force to restore calm in the war shattered country.
GV Arab League building in Cairo
INT MV Newsmen gathering in foyer
GVs Foreign Ministers seated around conference table (3 shots)
MV Arab League Secretary General Mahmoud Riad talking to Mr. El-Shatty of Tunisia
GVs Ministers talking around table (2 shots)
On the question of the difficulties surrounding the discussions on the peacekeeping force, Iraq, which has already publicly criticised the Riyadh agreement, was reported to be the sole dissenting voice at the Summit meeting. A surprise arrival at the summit was a delegation from Libya, which had earlier declined to attend the conference on the grounds that it was a waste of time.
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Background: Arab heads of state meeting in Cairo today (25 October) overwhelmingly endorsed a peace package for Lebanon, but difficulties were reported over the formation of a 30-thousand man Arab Security Force to restore calm in the war shattered country.
SYNOPSIS: Foreign Ministers and officials met separately on Sunday (24 October) at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo to prepare an agenda for the summit meeting. The peace -- keeping force is a central element of the Lebanese peace package, drawn up by six Arab leaders in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh last week. On Monday (25 October) it was announced that two new items had been added to the summit agenda -- a study of the situation in Israeli-occupied territories and in southern Lebanon. The Foreign Ministers were to meet again on Monday evening.
They were to draft final recommendations to be considered by a further session of the Arab summit conference on Tuesday morning. Arab solidarity is also one of the issues to be discussed at the summit. The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Mr. Mahmoud Riad, has said he hopes bi-lateral contacts would solve any disputes.