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    Lebanon's fate remained uncertain on Wednesday (18 October) after the Arab Foreign Ministers' three day conference to defuse the situation between Syrian components of the Arab peacekeeping force and right wing Christian militia units.

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    Lebanon's fate remained uncertain on Wednesday (18 October) after the Arab Foreign Ministers' three day conference to defuse the situation between Syrian components of the Arab peacekeeping force and right wing Christian militia units.

    SYNOPSIS: The meeting was held at the Beittedin Palace some 20 miles (32 KMS) south of Beirut. The Lebanese Prime Minister Selim al-Hoss arrived on Tuesday (17 October), the final day of the meeting. The Sudanese Commander of the Arab Peacekeeping Force Colonel Sami Khatib was there as were others representing countries that have supplied funds on troops to the peacekeeping force. Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi Foreign minister was followed by the Lebanese Army Commander General Victor Khoury, nearest the camera, and the Lebanese Foreign Minister, Fuad Butros.

    The meeting agreed on some matters including the rebuilding of the Lebanese army, and the disarming of the powerful militias, as well as the promotion of an accord between rival political factions. The Lebanese Prime Minister Mr. Selim al-Hoss said the conference had achieved positive results which promised well for the future.

    The Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel Halim Khaddam told newsmen that his country's troops would not withdraw from their fortified positions in Beirut. However, Mr. Khaddam said, there would be some changes but declined to elaborate.

    The Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal spoke to newsmen also.

    The Lebanese Foreign Minister Fuad Butros, said he thought for his part the plan established at the meeting, to try to put an end to the deteriorating state of security, did include provisions to eliminate the state of confrontation that existed, particularly in the recent period. This could be achieved, he said, at least for a great part through a redeployment of forces.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7XNCQK67V284U9XIT120BG7JT
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XNCQK67V284U9XIT120BG7JT
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:36:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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