• Short Summary

    Former French Premier Maurice Couve de Murville ended his peace mission to Lebanon on Sunday (30 November) and immediately left for discussion on the situation with neighbouring Syria.

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    Former French Premier Maurice Couve de Murville ended his peace mission to Lebanon on Sunday (30 November) and immediately left for discussion on the situation with neighbouring Syria.

    Before leaving Beirut, the French envoy told a new conference that Lebanese leaders had made real progress towards ending nearly eight months of civil strife which has claimed at least 4,000 victims.

    But even as he spoke, shots rang out near the French ambassador's residence, venue for the conference.

    M. Couve de Murville, envoy of French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing, said that "very definite progress had been achieved by Lebanese leaders seeking a political formula acceptable to the complex mixture of political and religious groups there".

    At the end of his 10-day mission, M. Couve de Murville explained his reasons for going to Syria. He said Syria was Lebanon's next-door neighbour and was therefore directly concerned. He said he understood Syria, like France, felt that it was necessary for Lebanon to remain a united country.

    The French envoy was greeted on the Syrian-Lebanese borders by Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam. The two men spent two hours discussing strife-torn Lebanon.

    During his two-day visit, M. Couve de Murville is scheduled to confer with President Hafez Al-Assad and other Syrian leaders over the outcome of his peace mission.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8XM9HFEWQNY4QT4GKQ67XT9TM
    Media URN:
    VLVA8XM9HFEWQNY4QT4GKQ67XT9TM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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