• Short Summary

    Former French Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday (20 November) to begin his efforts to negotiate between warring factions which have brought Lebanon to the verge of civil war.

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  • Description

    Former French Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday (20 November) to begin his efforts to negotiate between warring factions which have brought Lebanon to the verge of civil war.

    ??? as greeted at the airport by Lebanese Foreign Minister Philippe Takla and the French Ambassador, Hubert Argod.

    M.Couve de Murville is heading a special delegation sent by French President Giscard d'Estaing to mediate in the dispute.

    French ties to Lebanon date back 30 years to when France granted it independence.

    Although fighting in Beirut has eased in recent days, the city is by no means calm. On Thursday there were 18 reported killings following a night of rocket and mortar exchanges. They're believed to be aimed at blocking M.Couve de Murville's initiatives.

    An overflight by Israeli jet fighters aggravated tensions but the fighters did not attack. In the past they have attacked Palestinian guerrilla bases in Lebanon.

    M. Couve de Murville told reporters that France is opposed to a partition of Lebanon into Moslem and Christian sections as a means of resolving the conflict. He said France is dedicated to preserving Lebanon's unity and independence.

    He emphasised that he would not intervene in internal Lebanese affairs but said the country's continuing existence was "an indispensable element in the equilibrium of the Middle East".

    Later in the day he met with Prime Minister Rashid Karami and President Suleiman Franjieh.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA866CFMJH2WV9FUXSV7QPWO1EE
    Media URN:
    VLVA866CFMJH2WV9FUXSV7QPWO1EE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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