Lebanese left-wing parties said on Tuesday (1 June) they would resist the Syrian military occupation with all means at their disposal.
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Background: Lebanese left-wing parties said on Tuesday (1 June) they would resist the Syrian military occupation with all means at their disposal.
Their leader, Kamal Jumblatt, gave a news conference after a meeting of all parties and called for a general strike under the slogan "occupation no, national democratic solution, yes."
He issued a statement which called on Arab states to help put an end to Syrian intervention. It said a note to this effect would be sent to the Arab League and arab foreign ministers.
A note would also be sent to the Soviet Union asking for its support and mediation with Syria to secure its forces' withdrawal.
Mr. Jumblatt said the Syrian troops entered Lebanon with the consent of President Suleiman Franjieh and Premier Rashid Karami. He said Damascus would have waited until president-elect Elias Sarkis had taken over from his right-wing predecessor before resuming negotiation.
Syrian troops have been dug in on the Lebanese side of the eastern border since March, backed by tanks and armoured personnel carriers. They are now reported to be stationed near the eastern town of Chitqura, apparently awaiting political developments between the opposing factions in the civil war.
On Thursday (3 June) Lebanese left-wing parties organised a general strike to protest against Syrian military involvement.
Syria says the presence of a large military force in Lebanon is no more than an attempt to ene the bloodshed and restore stability to the country.
SYNOPSIS: Lebanese left-wing leader, Kamal Jumblatt, gave a news conference at his home in the capital, Beirut, on Tuesday and said left-wingers would resist Syrian military occupation.
Mr. Jumblatt called for a general strike under the slogan "occupation no, national democratic solution yes". The general strike organised by left-wing parties took place on Thursday. Mr. Jumblatt has also issued a statement on behalf of the Lebanese left calling on the Arab states to help put an end to Syrian intervention. Notes are to be sent to the Arab League and Arab foreign ministers. The Soviet Union is also to be asked for support.