INTRODUCTION: The Israeli air strike on an Iraqi nuclear reactor has complicated the Middle East peace mission of United States special envoy Philip Habib.
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SV Vehicle with gun mounted on rear patrolling street
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SV Arab envoys at Beiteddin meeting hall
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Israeli air strike on an Iraqi nuclear reactor has complicated the Middle East peace mission of United States special envoy Philip Habib. It is expected the raid will boost Arab backing for Syria in the confrontation with Israel. It will also strengthen moves to cut the links between Israel and the Lebanese Falangists. These links were reported to be a stumbling block in attempts at the weekend (6 & 7 June) by a committee of Arab League mediators to resolve the current crisis in the Lebanon. But while the peace plan met with an uncertain reception, the envoys' meeting succeeded at least in bringing a brief calm to Beirut.
SYNOPSIS: On Friday (5 June) the city was still being torn apart by the shelling and gunfire that has cost several hundred lives since April. Friday's toll alone was six dead and 20 wounded in the so-called green-line section which divides the Christian and Moslem sectors of Beirut.
Preventing the present bloodshed in the capital has been the priority of the mediators, rather than the wider issue of Syrian-Israeli tensions over missiles in Lebanon.
Envoys from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Syria met at Beiteddin on Sunday (7 June), together with Lebanese President Elias Sarkis and Arab League Secretary-General Chedli Klibi -- and representatives from the main factions.
While the talks went on at the Chouf Mountains resort, people back in the capital took advantage of the respite from fighting.
For a few hours Beirut's beaches recalled the days before the civil war, days when the city was known as the "Paris of the Middle East". At that time, Beirut's Mediterranean beaches and the Lebanon's banking laws combined to give the city an international reputation as a sophisticated resort.