Lebanon -- sometimes known as the Switzerland of the Middle East until its bloody 1975-76 Civil War, has urged the United Nations to defend the neutrality of small states wishing to shield their domestic peace from the conflicts of their neighbours.
TOP VIEW: Palestinian commandos escorting Prime Minister Selim Hoss through streets of Hasbaya.
SV: People on balcony.
TV: Hoss walking past Lebanese leftists commandos.
SV: Children waving Lebanese flags.
TV: Hoss shaking hands with leftists, PAN TO crowd following.
SV: Hoss walking through crowd into building.
GV: Large crowd outside building.
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Background: Lebanon -- sometimes known as the Switzerland of the Middle East until its bloody 1975-76 Civil War, has urged the United Nations to defend the neutrality of small states wishing to shield their domestic peace from the conflicts of their neighbours. The Lebanese Ambassador, Ghassan Tueni, told the General Assembly that neutrality has historically been limited to a few wealthy nations like Switzerland, Sweden and Austria. He said the new concept of neutrality Lebanon was proposing was one that would be applicable to countries where external wars have projected and may still project into internal divisions. The call for neutrality came when the Lebanese Prime Minister Dr. Selim Hoss was visiting southern Lebanon to inspect conditions in the area.
SYNOPSIS: Tight security was provided by Palestinian fighters from Fatah militias for Prime Minister Hoss' visit to the town of Hasbaya in Southern Lebanon on Tuesday (6 June). He was accompanied by the Lebanese Minister of the Interior, Salah Salam.
According to local observers the visit marks the beginning of government influence in the Arquoub region of south-west Lebanon. Dr. Hoss made a similar fact-finding trip to the ancient city of Tyre recently.
Lebanese newspapers have claimed that for the time being Israel wants to maintain at least four observation posts in South Lebanon to ensure that there is no Palestinian infiltration to Israel. The papers said that it was one of the Israeli condition put forward while confirming that their withdrawal would take place as scheduled on the 13th of June. There was no official comment on the reports, which were denied by Israeli military sources.