• Short Summary

    Lebanese Moslem leaders met at the mountain residence of the Grand Mufti Sheikh Hannas Khalid -- the spiritual leader of the Sunni Moslems -- in Aramoun on Friday (30 January) to discuss the latest Beirut ceasefire.

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    GV EXTERIOR Meeting house
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    MV abdullah Yafi arrives and enters house
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    SVs & SCUs Leaders in meeting (6 shots)
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    MOUNTAIN RESIDENCE: MOSLEM LEADERS ARRIVING: MEETING IN PROGRESS.




    Initials CL/1740 CL/1751



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    Background: Lebanese Moslem leaders met at the mountain residence of the Grand Mufti Sheikh Hannas Khalid -- the spiritual leader of the Sunni Moslems -- in Aramoun on Friday (30 January) to discuss the latest Beirut ceasefire.

    Also attending the meeting was the Syrian Mediation Mission which played a central role in checking the bloody fighting between left and right wing Christian and Moslem factions.

    The mission is led by Syria's Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam.

    This meeting, and similar summits between Christian leaders, will determine the fate of the Syrian sponsored eight-day-old ceasefire.

    The Moslems are seeking wide range reforms in the Lebanon to give them parity with Christians.

    When the ceasefire was called last week, the Lebanese Presidential office announced that all sides to the conflict had agreed on the basis of a complete political settlement.

    The Settlement has yet to take concrete form and many observers fear that if the current conciliation moves bog down at all a resumption of the street fighting would follow almost automatically.

    Basically, the Syrian reform proposals for the Lebanese Moslems call for: Parity between Christians and Moslems in legislature and Government; the Moslem Prime Minister to be elected by Parliament instead of being appointed by the Christian President; economic and social reforms to meet left wing demands and a restoration of law and order.

    All but the last proposal require concessions by the Christians, who have yet to give their assent.

    For their part, the Christians are pressing for the strict implementation of 1969 and 1973 agreements regulating the activities of the 400-thousand Palestinians in Lebanon.

    SYNOPSIS: The mountain residence of the Grand Mufti Sheikh Hannas Khalid, in Aramoun, Lebanon was the scene of a meeting between Lebanese Moslem leaders on Friday. The meeting was called to discuss the latest ceasefire in Beirut. A Syrian Mediation Mission, headed by Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam, sat in on the talks. The mission played a central role in checking the bloody fighting between left and right wing Christian and Moslem factions. The fate of the current eight-day-old ceasefire depends largely on this meeting and similar summits between Christian leaders in the Lebanon.

    The Moslem leaders are seeking wide range reforms to give them parity with the Christians. Many observers believe that if the conciliation moves bog down at all now, a resumption of the street fighting in Beirut would follow almost automatically. When the ceasefire was called last week, the Lebanese Presidential office announced that all sides had agreed on the basis of a complete political settlement. However, that settlement has yet to take any concrete form.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8Z3843YKR1VXUJG0F2XPY3RD6
    Media URN:
    VLVA8Z3843YKR1VXUJG0F2XPY3RD6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
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