The former Lebanese Prime Minster, Doctor Selim Hoss, has said his government has fulfilled its responsibilities of rebuilding the country, and the time had come to give government back to the politicians.
GV: UN troops around helicopter
CU: former Prime Minster Selim Hoss speaking in English to reporter.
GV: UN troops outside building.
CU: Phalangist leader Pierre Gemayel speaking to reporter in French.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: HOSS: "Well I think it's only natural under the conference that there should be a change of government. The political situation ins the country required such a change-over. I think it is high time the government should be handed back to the politicians so that the parliamentary system would function again....start functioning again."
HOSS:"Well I think this question should be answered in the light of the consultations that the president will be conducting with the members of parliament now, and I should hope at these consultations the place of the new government will be (indistinct).
HOSS:"Well because the change was ...because there was a positive development yesterday, that we are taking this chance to make a move in the direction of a new political (indistinct) which we think will put the country back on an even keel."
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Background: The former Lebanese Prime Minster, Doctor Selim Hoss, has said his government has fulfilled its responsibilities of rebuilding the country, and the time had come to give government back to the politicians. He was commenting on his government's surprise resignation on Wednesday. (19 April) Doctor Hoss's government was formed in 1976 three weeks after the end of the 19-month civil war. His cabinet was drawn from a variety of religious groups, but had virtually no formal political affiliation. It was labelled as a "government of technocrats," whose mission was to rebuild the shattered Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: Doctor Hoss said the primary task of rebuilding was complete, and normal politics could now resume. He spoke with reporters.
The head of the right-wing Christian Phalangist party, Monsieur Pierre Gemayel, is the only major Christian leader who has not held a top government post. He sees the Palestinians as remaining Lebanon's major problem. He called them undisciplined, anarchistic and disorganised, and claimed they constituted a fifth column with Lebanon, which absorbed undesirable influences from outside the country. Monsieur Gemayel said the influences on the Palestinians came from a variety of Arab countries, especially Libya, Iraq, Syria and Egypt. He accused the Palestinians of taking advantage of democracy of democracy and freedom to put forward a programme which was not in the best interests of Lebanon as a whole.
Monsieur Gemayel also said the Palestinians had missed an opportunity of explaining the Palestinians problem to the world. He said the rest of the world did not understand the difficulties of the Palestinian people, but the Palestinian leader had failed to explain it correctly.
He said there were seven million Lebanese in various parts of the world, who could have explained the Palestinian situation to their new countries. The Palestinians in Lebanon had stopped fighting the Israelis and were now fighting each other. The Palestinian problem, he said, was no longer a Palestinian matter but a matter of global importance, which required a solution involving many other countries. Monsieur Gemayel is expected to take part in talks to set up a new system of government in Lebanon.