At least 25 people were wounded in battles between pro and anti-Syrian groups in the Lebanese city of Tripoli on December 14.
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MOUKADEM: "I think that all people in Tripoli, all Lebanese people in Tripoli like, what, a strong government. The army is a Lebanese army. Because this is our country, our 10,452 kilometres, free. I am sure that before the Lebanese Army control Tripoli, Tripoli not very quiet. And I hope that in a few months, or perhaps more or less, I don't know, we arrive to this, I am very optimistic."
INTERVIEWER: "Can I just ask you that you have now a central president and a central government and a central Lebanese army; do you want the Lebanese army to come here to help control the situation?"
MOUKADEM: "Sure, sure, all my people want this, and with the Lebanese army is possible. We have here in Tripoli 3,500 soldiers, Lebanese soldiers, they are our friends, they are our people, they can without difficulty control the town because the people is this army, this is a new army."
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Background: TRIPOLI, LEBANON
At least 25 people were wounded in battles between pro and anti-Syrian groups in the Lebanese city of Tripoli on December 14. Police said the clashes began in the hours of the morning but continued intermittently throughout the day. The port of Tripoli, the country's second largest city, is under the overall control of Syrian troops who intervened in Lebanon during the 1975-76 civil war. During the fighting houses and shops were riddled with bullets and deliberately-lit fires swept through dozens of buildings. More than 30 people have been killed and 150 wounded in eight days of conflict in the old quarters of Tripoli. Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam has held a first round of talks with political leaders in Tripoli. They discussed the local outbreak of fighting, as well as proposals for removing all Israeli, Syrian and Palestinian forces from Lebanon. After the most recent fighting, Farouk Al Moukadem--who is the leader of the anti-Syrian 24th of October Movement--said the problems started with Syrians trying to take control of the city. He called for the entry of the Lebanese Army in Tripoli and said the people of that city would welcome any multinational force which brought about the end of the Syrian presence. Mr. Moukadem said there were already 3,500 Lebanese soldiers in Tripoli, waiting to take part in the action in the city. A ceasefire was negotiated in Tripoli after several hours of talks between local leaders and Syrian Foreign and Defence Ministers.
Source: REUTERS - TEWFIC CHAZZAWI AND NBC