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    Heads of state of many Arab countries and the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation arrived in Cairo on Sunday (24 October) for a summit conference on the Lebanese crisis.

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    Heads of state of many Arab countries and the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation arrived in Cairo on Sunday (24 October) for a summit conference on the Lebanese crisis.

    SYNOPSIS: Fourteen heads of state and the PLO leader, Mr. Yasser Arafat, are involved in the discussions aimed at ending the 18-month long civil war. Among the Arab leaders attending was President Ja'afer al-Nimeiry of the Sudan who was welcomed by Egyptian leader, President Anwar Sadat. The main aim of the meeting is to ratify a peace agreement worked out in Riyadh last week.

    The Riyadh conference was called by King Khalid of Saudi Arabia, who was also in Cairo for the meeting. The cease agreement called for a cease-fire in Lebanon from last Thursday. So far the cease-fire is holding shakily in Lebanon, with only occasional outbursts of fighting.

    Syria, one of the main participants in the war, was represented by President Hafez al-Assad. Syrian troops have been fighting on the side of right-wing Christian forces against left-wing Lebanese and Palestinian troops. Syria has said it will keep its troops in Lebanon until the aims of its military intervention are met. This was aimed at preventing the partition of the country.

    President Elias Sarkis, newly elected leader of Lebanon, is also in Cairo for the conference aimed at ratifying the Riyadh agreement. President Sarkis was at the conference which originally worked out the plan for ending the bitter fighting in Lebanon.

    One of the main points of discussion in Cairo will be the formation of an enlarged peace-keeping force controlled by President Sarkis directly. The increased force was part of the peace package. It's planned to build it up to 30,000 men, many of whom will be Syrian troops already in the country. At present there is a force of only 2,500 peace-keeping troops.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA47H6ZPN0QESSVTYR41A5JI9H
    Media URN:
    VLVA47H6ZPN0QESSVTYR41A5JI9H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
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    N/A

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