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    Following a Norwegian Government offer to send 750 men to join the United Nations peace keeping force in Southern Lebanon, the first Norwegian soldiers have been taking up their positions in the peace-keeping buffer zone.

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    Following a Norwegian Government offer to send 750 men to join the United Nations peace keeping force in Southern Lebanon, the first Norwegian soldiers have been taking up their positions in the peace-keeping buffer zone.

    SYNOPSIS: Most of the United Nations forces have been deployed along the Litani river. And one of the key strategic points is at Khardali, the river's most easterly bridging point. It was here that Swedish U.N. troops came under fire from Palestinians last month. These Swedish troops were moved to a more secure sector under a cloud of criticism over their conduct under fire, and were replaced by Norwegian troops. Following a statement last weekend by their Commanding Officer, Major-General Emmanuel Erskine, the new troops have been ordered to open fire, if necessary. One of them seemed content with his new military role.

    Both Lebanese Christians and Israelis have criticised the scope and limitations of the U.N. force. The Israelis claim that a 4,000-strong U.N. force cannot effectively police the 60-mile (100 kms) security line along the Litani, and that some Palestinian infiltration is inevitable. The worry also remains whether the U.N. troops have the authority to use force to prevent the Palestinians re-opening their supply routes, or whether they may only fire in cases of self-defence.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8EWR7EBTKN6WD3DA74BWS2KU9
    Media URN:
    VLVA8EWR7EBTKN6WD3DA74BWS2KU9
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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