The lebanese Prime Minister, Mr Saeb Salam, denying reports of a rift between the army and the Palestine guerrillas in his country, told reporters on Sunday (September 17) that his government's policy was one of continued friendship towards the refugees.
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Lebanese Premier Salam speaking to reporters in English and Arabic.
REPORTER: "Mr Prime Minister, what does the state of emergency mean for Lebanon?"
SALAM: "Naturally enough, when we have a state of emergency during a war we would have a law of emergency, and this is provided for in our constitution. It's the law of the Lebanon. We have only to declare it as we did. Due to the existence of war, which IS an emergency, we had to proclaim the law of emergency, which makes things go faster in my respect and the responsibility for security is held in one hand."
ENGLISH CONTINUES AFTER SALAM SPEECH IN ARABIC: "Of course, Israel wants always to be closed with our relationships with our Palestinian friends who are refugees with us. All we are concerned with the Palestinians is that we have some three hundred thousand of them or more as refugees, driven out of their own country by the atrocious aggression of Israel for 34 years, since '48...... with similar incidents. And we can't but give them refuges and assist them."
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Background: The lebanese Prime Minister, Mr Saeb Salam, denying reports of a rift between the army and the Palestine guerrillas in his country, told reporters on Sunday (September 17) that his government's policy was one of continued friendship towards the refugees. After a three-hour secret session of Parliament, and following a two-hour meeting with guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat, he also spoke about the state of emergency in the Lebanon following Israeli army and air force strikes against border guerrilla bases. He then accused Israel of driving the Palestinians from their Romes by 'atrocious aggression over 34 years'. His government's only concern, he said, was to give them refuge and assist them.
SYNOPSIS: Lebanese Premier Saeb Salam has denied a rift between his army and Palestine guerrillas based in Lebanon. On Sunday he spoke to reporters about his country's state of emergency.
Before meeting the reporters, Mr Salam attended a three-hour secret session of Parliament to discuss the state of emergency. Earlier, he met for two hours with Palestinian commando leader Yasser Arafat. Mr Salam also told reporters he had contributed his monthly salary to aid victims of the Israeli incursion into Southern Lebanon, and then accused Israel of continued atrocities against Palestinian Arabs.