Syria -- and on Tuesday (16 November) the people of Damascus took part in celebrations marking the sixth anniversary of the "Corrective Movement" which brought President Hafez Al-Assad to power.
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (NOVEMBER 16. 1976) (REUTERS)
GVs Girl civilians and troops parading through streets of Damascus, Syria, on sixth anniversary of Corrective Movement (2 shots)
LV Civilians parading carrying portraits of President Hafez al-Assad
SV Young men in uniform in parade
SV & LV girl troops (2 shots)
CU INT Floral decorations in hall
GV Guests seated at celebratory conference
SV PAN FROM Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam on rostrum addressing crowd TO others including President Assad
SV Girls in audience
GV Assad and others listening to Khaddam's speech
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Background: Syria -- and on Tuesday (16 November) the people of Damascus took part in celebrations marking the sixth anniversary of the "Corrective Movement" which brought President Hafez Al-Assad to power.
SYNOPSIS: Although the celebrations were limited to a parade and speeches by leading government personalities, there was a festive atmosphere in the capital city as thousands gathered to participate, watch and listen.
The ruling Syrian Ba'athist Party used the occasion to make public its most up to date views on the state of the Arab world and the situation in Lebanon, saying that it would not allow sabotage of peace efforts there.
Other organisations joined the government in issuing a communique which stated that this year's anniversary coincided with a renewal of Arab solidarity, the "failure of a plot against Lebanon and the re-establishment of peace in the country". The communique also said that the Arab summit conferences in Raid and Cairo had proved that the measures taken by Syria in Lebanon had been appropriate.
In a speech Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam stated that the Corrective Movement has tackled three major tests. Arab solidarity, he said, was the first, which had been threatened by tensions between Syria and Egypt -- but Presidents Assad and Sadat had overcome the negative aspects of the situation. the second test was the differences between Syria and elements of the Palestinian resistance. The third was a result of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war and the liberation of occupied territories was an objective on which the full resources of the nation would be concentrated.