INTRODUCTION: Hopes were raised in Lebanon on Monday (8 June) that an end may be in sight to the continuing inter-communal fighting in the country.
SV Delegates arriving for meeting at Presidential Palace, Baabda.
SV National Liberal Party leader Camille Chamoun arrives.
SCU PAN Falangist Party leader Pierre Gemayel arrives.
CU Mukhtara: Portrait of Kamal Junblatt on wall PAN TO meeting participants seated including Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam.
SV PAN Participants TO Khaddam.
SV Khaddam and others seated PAN TO Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Junblatt.
SV Khaddam and official seated.
SCU Junblatt ZOOM OUT AND PAN TO Khaddam and official.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Hopes were raised in Lebanon on Monday (8 June) that an end may be in sight to the continuing inter-communal fighting in the country. After two days of talks Arab League mediators announced the committee of all sides to a ceasefire throughout Lebanon, and said they would hold another meeting later this month. The mediation committee, consisting of the Saudi, Kuwaiti and Syrian Foreign politicians and faction leaders in an effort to halt the latest round of fighting.
SYNOPSIS: On Sunday (7 June) after talks with Lebanese President Elias Sarkis and Arab League Secretary General Chedli Klibi, the ministers held separately a series of unexpected meetings with leaders of the various factions. Rival Christian leaders Camille Chamoun and Pierre Gemayel were brought together at the Presidential Palace near Beirut.
At the same time, Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam and Lebanese Prime Minister Shafiq al-Wazzan visited leftist leader Walid Junblatt in his mountain home at Mukhtara, which also serves as headquarters of his Progressive Socialist Party.
Later on Sunday, meetings were held with delegations of the Lebanese National Movement, a left-wing umbrella group, and of the Moslem Amal grouping.
Earlier the Saudi and Kuwaiti Foreign Ministers met Christian Falangist militia leader Beshir Gemayel. After that meeting Gemayel said a new opportunity had been provided to resolve the crisis, but insisted on guarantees for the Christian community.
Syrian Foreign Minister Khaddam had said any solution would depend on an end to Israel's involvement in Lebanon.