Disputes and confusion continue to surround the Arab League's decision to send an Arab security force into Lebanon to end the confrontation between Syrian forces and the alliance of Lebanese leftists and Palestinian commandos.
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CAMILLE CHAMOUN SPEAKING: "We have already agreed on certain matters, political and military. So far, many of these items have been implemented such as the election of a new President, the amendment of the constitution and so on. Now they have undertaken the pledge to implement the Cairo agreement. To implement the Cairo agreement needs some show of force and this is how we explain the presence of Syrian troops here."
REPORTER: "Yesterday, at a meeting of the Christian alliance, an Arab League peace keeping force coming into Lebanon was condemned. Could you give reasons why?"
CHAMOUN: "Because we don't believe that it is a peace-keeping force. It is a force which is coming here at the demand of Mr. Yasser Arafat. During the past 14 months we have tried to have our case examined by the public. They never accepted it. But they immediately accepted this force under the demands of Mr. Yasser Arafat."
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Background: Disputes and confusion continue to surround the Arab League's decision to send an Arab security force into Lebanon to end the confrontation between Syrian forces and the alliance of Lebanese leftists and Palestinian commandos.
SYNOPSIS: A small contingent of Libyan soldiers entered Beirut under leftist protection on Tuesday and its leaders declared that the purpose of the mission was peace. The soldiers quoted their Premier, Major Abdel Salam Jalloud, as saying that a decision had been taken to ensure the withdrawal of Syrian forces from the country. Major Jalloud, acting as a mediator in the Lebanese crisis, was reported to have said that there was no way this decision could be changed.
As the population of Beirut carried out their normal day to day chores, the city's Radio carried a statement made by the other Arab mediator, Arab League Secretary-General Mahmoud Riad. Mr. Riad said Lebanese President Suleiman Franjieh had accepted the League's proposal for a joint Arab peace-keeping force in Lebanon.
The Arab League Secretary-General had said previously that the six-nation force would not go to Lebanon until it had the approval of the country's right-wing faction.
Mr. Camille Chamoun, a former President of Lebanon and now leader of the Christian National Liberal Party spoke at a news conference in Beirut on Tuesday. He was asked by a reporter from America's NBC television station what the Lebanese right-wing thought of the Syrian military presence in the country.