The Lebanese left-wing leader, Kamal Jumblatt, says there'll be no cease-fire in Lebanon while Syrian troops remain there.
GV EXTERIOR Egyptian Foreign Ministry building
SV Lebanese left-wing leader, Kamal Jumblatt, seated (right of picture) with Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmy, ZOOM IN TO Jumblatt and PAN TO Fahmy
SVs Jumblatt seated with Fahmy and answering reporter's question (4 shots)
REPORTER: "Would you accept a ceasefire if Syrian troops remained on Lebanese soil?"
JUMBLATT: "We want that the Syrians will leave our country. And if they do not want to leave, there will not be a ceasefire between Lebanese and Syrians themselves. Until now, people in the Bekaa and other countries are carrying out their duty against Syrian troops there. Always we have been supported by Egypt. It is a tradition in Lebanon, we have help always and Egyptian support.
Mr. Jumblatt's journey to Egypt began with a boat crossing from Lebanon to Cyprus. A member of his party said that during the trip on Sunday (26 September), they were attacked by an Israeli warship. Military sources in Tel Aviv have denied that Israeli ships were involved in any such action.
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Background: The Lebanese left-wing leader, Kamal Jumblatt, says there'll be no cease-fire in Lebanon while Syrian troops remain there. He arrived in Cairo on Monday (27 September) for talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on hopes for peace in the 17-month-old civil war.
SYNOPSIS: After his arrival, Mr. Jumblatt went to the Foreign Ministry for talks with Ismail Fahmy, Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs -- on the left. The two men had two hours of discussions on the continuing troubles in Lebanon. One of the sticking points in previous peace plans has been Syria's presence in Lebanon, which Palestinians and other left-wing groups oppose. Mr. Jumblatt told newsmen how strongly he felt.