In Lebanon, the leader of the right-wing National Party (NLP) Mr. Camille Chamoun, siad on?
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CHAMOUN: "Well, I said I made a statement yesterday, and I said that what the Prime Minister said was out of fanaticism and witless, and I don't accept it."
REPORTER: "But what can you do?"
CHAMOUN: "Fight him, go on fighting to the bitter end."
REPORTER: "But if the mandate is accepted by the Lebanese government, what is your position as far as this is ...."
CHAMOUN: "We consider that the Lebanese government, including the President of the Republic have acted against the interests of the nation, and they will be declared traitors to the nation, and then the whole situation will blow up."
REPORTER: "That would mean the partition of Lebanon ?"
CHAMOUN: "That would not mean the partition of Lebanon; that would mean that the government and the President would be put down."
REPORTER: "So what are the prospects of agreement between the Syrians a and Christians fighting in East Beirut ?"
CHAMOUN:"As long as the Syrians are here, there is no possibility of agreement. The Syrians are here as an occupying force, not as a peace force. As a matter of fact, they have proved that they are a war force, and the fact that the Sudanese do not want to stay anymore, do not want to remain here in Lebanon in the peace force because they are unhappy about it, and they said it clearly that they are unhappy about what's happening here in Lebanon."
Six Christian organisations called for a general strike on Wednesday (13 September) to protest about the continued heavy Syrian artillery bombardments of residential Christina areas in East Beirut. Mr Chamoun said the increased military activity was part of a plan to undermine the Middle East Peace Summit at Camp David. he said there was a no justification locally, what is happening is directed against endeavours being made at Camp Davis to make the summit a success."
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Background: In Lebanon, the leader of the right-wing National Party (NLP) Mr. Camille Chamoun, siad on Monday (11 September) he completely opposes Prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss's request for peace-keeping forces to stay in Lebanon when their mandate runs out next month. The Prime Minister will propose that the Syrians stay until the Lebanese army has been rebuilt and can handle all security work. Claiming that the Syrians were an occupying, not a peace-keeping force, Mr Chamoun said this security transfer would never happen.
SYNOPSIS: In Christian East Beirut, fierce fighting raged at the weekend (September 9-11) as right-wing militia challenged the role of the Syrians in a series of increasingly heavy battles. The Syrians countered by bombarding the area with shells, killing at least eight people and injuring more than one hundred and fifty. Mr. Chamoun siad his forces would fight the Syrians to the bitter end if they stayed in Lebanon.