Lebanon's Liberal Party leader, Camille Chamoun, has spoken out following the Christian Militia shelling of United Nations forces positions in the south.
Lebanon's Liberal Party leader, Camille Chamoun, has spoken out following the Christian Militia shelling of United Nations forces positions in the south. He's also commented on renegade Army Major Saad Haddah's announcement of a 'free Lebanon' state in the south. Although he does not see Haddah's declaration as setting up a genuine separate state, he has stressed the importance of establishing Lebanese sovereignty throughout the country.
SYNOPSIS: At the port of Tyre the scene of many confrontations between Palestinian guerrillas and Christian Militiamen, United Nations troops and Palestinian guerrillas continue to make their presence felt. The UN peacekeeping forces have come under heavy attack by Militiamen in recent days.
Fifteen kilometres south-east of Tyre at the town of Qana some of the five hundred troops sent into the area by the Lebanese government have been learning the work of the Fijan contingent of the peacekeeping force. The Lebanese army soldiers have for the most part moved into areas, well away from the Militia enclave. A Reuters correspondent in the area reported that one unit of Lebanese soldiers has been pulled out of the Tibnin area because of shelling there.
The establishment by the Militiamen of their "Free Lebanon" state in the south is in defiance of the Lebanese government which says it will try Major Haddah for treachery. Major Haddah in turn has threatened more attacks on Lebanese forces if they attempt to move further into the area and on UN forces if they assist the government troops.