Speaking in Beirut on Wednesday (7 June), the Lebanese Prime Minister Dr. Selim Al-Hoss announced?
INT MV: Lebanese Prime Minister Dr. Selim Al-Hoss speaking to reporter in English. (2 SHOTS)
AL-HOSS: "There have been no new agreements signed with the Palestine Liberation Organisation. The fact is that after the talks I have had with them, they have issued a statement in which they have reiterated, confirmed their commitment to a few principles regarding their position in the south, and their position vis-a-vis the UNIFIL, United Nations Forces in the south. So there has been no new agreement with the PLO."
REPORTER:"And do you expect total Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon next week?"
AL-HOSS:"We do. We do expect a total Israeli withdrawal on the 13th as declared. And the information that we have confirms this. We hope it will be achieved."
REPORTER:"When do you expect it to be going?"
AL-HOSS:"Well there has been a decision in principle to send the army down south."
AL-HOSS:"Well the timing has not been decided yet. It depends on so many factors. We cannot decide the timing, not now."
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Background: Speaking in Beirut on Wednesday (7 June), the Lebanese Prime Minister Dr. Selim Al-Hoss announced that the government had reached no new agreement with the Palestine Liberation Organisation regarding guerrilla activity in the south. Dr. Al-Hoss was speaking two days after he visited the area, under tight Palestinian security, to view conditions first hand. His announcement comes just one week before Israeli troops are expected to complete their final withdrawal.