Danny Chamoun, son of former Lebanese president, Camille Chamoun, met Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir in Jerusalem (August 10).
SV ZOOM TO CU INTERIOR Danny Chamoun, left, son of Lebanon's former president, Camille Chamoun, seated with Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir (2 shots) 0.11
CU Sign of Israeli Foreign Ministry building 0.15
SV Chamoun and journalists 0.18
CU Chamoun speaks (SOT) (3 shots) 1.57 SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQ. 4): CHAMOUN: "The conversation was very specific. It entailed the critical situations surrounding the Israeli redeployment in the mountains."
REPORTER: "Do you disagree with the current Lebanese government policy?"
CHAMOUN: "In which way?"
REPORTER: "Well, in its leaning towards Syria or apparent leaning towards Syria?"
CHAMOUN: "It is not apparently leaning towards Syria. There is a problem with Syria and it's only fair to give the Lebanese administration and the American administration a chance to resolve this problem."
REPORTER: "Mr. Chamoun, what do you think is the solution to the situation in the Shouf area?"
CHAMOUN: "Well, the final solution for the administration in the Shouf area, despite what has happened this morning, is the Lebanese army goes up there and it goes up there in proper co-ordination with all the people on the ground."
REPORTER: "Do you think the Lebanese forces should withdraw their forces from the area?"
CHAMOUN: "Eventually, all militias ought to be withdrawn. The state has to take over and organise Lebanon."
REPORTER: "You're going to have to have parallel military institutions with the state?"
CHAMOUN: "Everybody in the world has it."
REPORTER: "Do you think the redeployment might lead to a possible renewal of the fighting in the Shouf, maybe even a civil war. Are you concerned about that?"
CHAMOUN: "Not if it's properly handled."
REPORTER: "And what's properly handled?"
CHAMOUN: "If vacuums are left, and (indistinct) people are permitted to fight each other, then there will be war. I think the proper way to do it is in absolute co-ordination with the Israeli army that the withdrawal leaves no vacuum and does not permit people to fight each other."
REPORTER: "Can the Lebanese army prevent that vacuum?"
CHAMOUN: "If it goes up there in the proper manner in co-ordination with the local inhabitants and the Israeli army the vacuum will be contained and we are confident the Lebanese army can handle it."
Danny Chamoun, son of former Lebanese president, Camille Chamoun, met Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir in Jerusalem (August 10). The two men discussed the current situation in Lebanon, including the Israeli troop redeployment from near Beirut to the Awali River. The meeting appears to indicate that Israeli is trying to shift some of its support from the Falangists to other Lebanese groups. Danny Chamoun commanded a Christian milita squad called 'The Tigers' until they amalgamated with the late Falangist leader, Bashir Gemayel's organisation after heavy street fighting three years' ago. Chamoun spent several years abroad, but has been attempting a political comeback since returning to Lebanon last year. He said his visit to Israel, including a planned meeting with Defence Minister Moshe Arens, was a good sign. Talking to reporters, he said his discussions with Shamir included the future control of the Shouf mountains near Beirut, scene of the worst factional fighting in Lebanon. Chamoun added that a military withdrawal from the shouf, properly handled by the Israeli and Lebanese armies, would not lead to a civil war.
Source: REUTERS - ELI FASTMAN