• Short Summary

    SYRIA HAS REOPENED ITS BORDER WITH LEBANON. THE BARRIERS, BROUGHT DOWN ON OCTOBER 21 FOLLOWING?

  • Description

    SYRIA HAS REOPENED ITS BORDER WITH LEBANON. THE BARRIERS, BROUGHT DOWN ON OCTOBER 21 FOLLOWING CLASHES BETWEEN PALESTINIAN GUERRILLAS AND LEBANESE TROOPS, WERE RAISED ON THURSDAY (13 NOV).

    A STATEMENT BY THE POLITICAL BUREAU OF SYRIA'S RULING ARAB BAATHIST SOCIALIST PARTY SAID THE DECISION TO REOPEN THE BORDER WAS TAKEN AFTER INFORMATION HAD BEEN RECEIVED ON THE CAIRO AGREEMENT BETWEEN LEBANON AND THE PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANISATION.

    CLOSURE OF THE BORDER HAD BEEN AIMED AT "ASSERTING THE LEGITIMACY OF THE PALESTINIAN STRUGGLE AND ITS RIGHT TO SET OUT FROM ARAB TERRITORY," THE STATEMENT SAID. IT WAS NOW CLEAR TO THE BUREAU THAT THE PALESTINIAN COMMAND HAD "SECURED PROMISES AND AGREEMENTS ENSURING FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT, AND THAT NATIONALIST AND PROGRESSIVE ARABS WHO HAD BACKED IT WILL NOT BE PROSECUTED."
    IN BEIRUT THE DECISION WAS WELCOMED BY A MINISTRY OF ECONOMY SPOKESMAN AS "A NATURAL STEP BETWEEN ARAB BROTHERS" AND ONE WHICH "SHOWS THE SPIRIT OF BROTHER HOOD, FRIENDSHIP AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN SYRIA AND LEBANON."
    BUT THE BORDER WAS STILL NOT COMPLETELY OPEN. SYRIAN BORDER GUARDS REFUSED TO ALLOW SOME LEBANESE TRUCKS CARRYING GOODS IN TRANSIT TO CROSS INTO SYRIA. AND SYRIA HAS THREATENED TO TAKE "A FIRM AND FINAL MEASURE" AGAINST LEBANON IF THERE IS ANY FAILURE TO ENFORCE THE CAIRO AGREEMENT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2LMIAM7CYIZXD9I4KCC178ZWP
    Media URN:
    VLVA2LMIAM7CYIZXD9I4KCC178ZWP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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