• Short Summary

    In Syria, Lebanese Foreign Minister Fuad Butros arrived in Damascus on Wednesday (5 July) as fighting between Syrian peacekeeping forces and Christian militiamen continued in Beirut.

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    In Syria, Lebanese Foreign Minister Fuad Butros arrived in Damascus on Wednesday (5 July) as fighting between Syrian peacekeeping forces and Christian militiamen continued in Beirut. Mr. Butros met with Syrian leaders and then flew back to the Lebanon, carrying what was thought to be a Syrian ultimatum.

    SYNOPSIS: On his one-day visit to Damascus, Mr. Butros first met with Foreign Minister Abdul Halim Khaddam. The talks came as the Syrians maintained their shelling of rightist positions in Christian east Beirut, where heavy fighting has been going on since last Saturday (29 June). By Thursday (6 July) more than 200 people had been reported killed and over 500 wounded. Mr. Butros also had talks with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. Western diplomatic sources said he then returned to Beirut carrying a Syrian ultimatum to Lebanese President Elias Sarkis. It is thought Mr. Sarkis was given until noon on thursday (6 July) to give clear assurances that the Christian militia would be disarmed and the Syrians allowed to take up positions anywhere in Lebanon. President Sarkis had threatened to resign, but Lebanon's rightist Falangist radio said on Thursday (6 July) that he suspended his resignation announcement on the condition that Syria withdrew its ultimatum.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA5C5NQL1SGAMICT614IVKJZLB
    Media URN:
    VLVAA5C5NQL1SGAMICT614IVKJZLB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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