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    Special Vatican envoy Cardinal Paolo Bertoli met with Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday (14 November) in an effort to resolve the factional problems which have torn Beirut these past months.

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    Special Vatican envoy Cardinal Paolo Bertoli met with Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday (14 November) in an effort to resolve the factional problems which have torn Beirut these past months.

    The Cardinal arrived in Lebanon last week (9 November) and has since then met with top Lebanese leaders.

    He has been transmitting the Pope's message that the Catholic Church is opposed to any partition of Lebanon into Moslem and Christian regions as a means of ending the violence.

    Although much of the heavy fighting has stopped, there has been a wave of kidnapping in recent day which Government leaders have denounced. The kidnap victims are frequently found later shot to death.

    The PLO is deeply concerned with events in Lebanon because many of its guerrilla bases are in Lebanon. The PLO has reportedly remained aloof from the righting, however.

    Mr. Arafat and Cardinal Bertoli met in St. Francis Catholic Church.

    SYNOPSIS: Although full scale street fighting in Beirut, Lebanon, has subsided ... the city has been suffering a wave of kidnapping. The Catholic Church has taken a keen interest in the Moslem-Christian feuding that has caused the violence. Last week Cardinal Paoli Bertoli was dispatched to meet with leaders of the various communities ... including Palestine Liberation Organisation chief Yasser Arafat, whom he talked with on Friday. Arafat's organisation has reportedly remained aloof from the fighting but is deeply concerned in the problem because many of its guerrilla bases are inside Lebanon. The Pope has given Cardinal Bertoli a message to transmit to Lebanese leaders. The Pope says the Church is against any partition of Lebanon into Christian and Moslem sections as a means of ending the violence. On Saturday, Prime Minister Rashid Karami proposed radical political reforms to reduce Christian influence in government. His proposals are certain to meet stiff resistance from right wing Christians.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6H5Z68GD3CF5F5BE9AVSEQQ07
    Media URN:
    VLVA6H5Z68GD3CF5F5BE9AVSEQQ07
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
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    N/A

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