• Short Summary

    Lebanon's Progressive Socialist leader, Kamal Jumblatt, has totally rejected the offer of French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing to send a peace-keeping force into war-torn Beirut.

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    Lebanon's Progressive Socialist leader, Kamal Jumblatt, has totally rejected the offer of French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing to send a peace-keeping force into war-torn Beirut.

    Mr. Jumblatt made his feelings known to newsmen after a meeting with left-wing leaders to discuss the offer in the Lebanese capital on Sunday (23 May). Other left-wingers have also rejected the French suggestion.

    The proposal to send 5,000 French soldiers into Lebanon to maintain a ceasefire was made by the French President on Friday (21 May) in the United States, where he was on an official visit.

    Mr. Jumblatt told newsmen on Sunday that he viewed the offer with great concern, partly because it had been put forward in the U.S. and because he believed it to be an invasion threat. "It revives for the Lebanese people the memories of their bitter history under the French mandate" he said, "There is no necessity for any foreign army intervention here neither from the Arab side, or from countries like France."
    Although right-wing parties in the Lebanon have regarded President Giscard D'Estaing's offer favourably, Reuters report that France appeared taken aback by the negative reaction from Mr. Jumblatt and the left-wingers. France has only offered assistance if it is officially asked for by the Lebanese government.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4Q8W2RVXZB7AWR1V4LJ11ZAO4
    Media URN:
    VLVA4Q8W2RVXZB7AWR1V4LJ11ZAO4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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