In Southern Lebanon, United Nations' forces moving in to take up their peacekeeping role have again come into conflict with Christian forces.
GV U.N. convoy travels along road (2 shots)
SV Newly arrived U.N. troops greet members of advance party
SV Falangist militia watch U.N. convoy passing
SV Villagers watching convoy
GV Israeli troops watching over Litani River (4 shots)
GV UN convoy travels along road
GV UN convoy entering gate (2 shots)
SV French U.N. troops leaving aircraft at Beirut airport (3 shots)
SV French U.N. troops unloading kit and weapons (5 shots)
GV & CU French U.N. troops passing, singing
GV National Press Club, Washington ZOOM IN TO Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Menachem Begin, on rostrum
CU Mr. Begin speaking
BEGIN: "It is with deep sorrow that I have to tell you that, at a certain moment in recent weeks, those good words of the past suddenly disappeared from the lexicon. Nobody mentioned them any more because, seemingly, there was no objection from the other side. May I ask: can such an objection to a plan, that has been publicly and positively appreciated be enough to turn right into wrong, flexibility into intransigence, fair into unfair? Indeed, fairness and justice demand a different posture, and, from this rostrum today, I appeal to American fairness."
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Background: In Southern Lebanon, United Nations' forces moving in to take up their peacekeeping role have again come into conflict with Christian forces. The Christians fear the U.N. troops will be less effective than Israel at maintaining security. Meanwhile in Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin has ended his talks with President Carter with their differences over the question of a Middle East peace settlement unresolved. Mr. Begin has accused the United States of suddenly dropping its support for his peace proposals because of objections from Egypt.
SYNOPSIS: The vanguard of the United Nations force, some 200 Iranian troops, had encountered threats, but little opposition, from Lebanese Christians as they moved into the region on Wednesday. But, as they were joined by reinforcements on Thursday, there were several moments of tension -- especially near the Litani River, the northern limit of Israel's advance.
Falangist Christian militia fired over the heads of one U.N. patrol, but there were no casualties. Other groups were halted by tanks and trucks placed across the road by the Christians, and waited while negotiations continued. But mostly, there has been a grudging acceptance of their arrival to replace the Israelis. Villagers and militia watched as the trucks full of blue-helmeted troops rumbled by.
As the new forces arrived, Israeli troops who fought their way into Lebanon in a week-long drive against Palestinian forces, maintained a watchful presence. There were signs that some units were being withdrawn. Since Israel's ceasefire announcement on Tuesday, an uneasy peace has settled over the region. Observers have reported sporadic shelling, and some Katyusha rockets fired by pockets of Palestinian resistance. But most front-line Palestinian have also been told to stop firing.
French Paratroopers, on their way to join the Iranians, arrive on Thursday (23 March) at Beirut Airport. The United Nations plan calls for a force of 4,000. This group of nearly 200 crack troops from the 11th Parachute Division are expected to be deployed near the coastal town of Tyre, still held by the Palestinians. Their transport, which will eventually include helicopters and armoured cars, arrived aboard giant Cl60 aircraft.
On Friday (24 March), 400 reinforcements were due. A difficult and lengthy task lies ahead of them, but on Thursday, they had time to sing.
Meanwhile, in Washington, Prime Minister Begin, after concluding talks with President Carter, accused the United States of dropping support for his peace proposals because of objections from Egypt.