The Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. Takieddin al-Solh answered allegations on Friday (12 April) that?
SV Premier Takieddin al-Solh seated on sofa listening to question and answering ZOOM INTO SCU & ZOOM TO pressman with solh on sofa
QUESTION: "What is Lebanon's answer to the attacks made yesterday by the Israeli Prime Minister that Israel in holding Lebanon and its people responsible for the Kiryat Shmoneh incidents?"
SOLH: "Lebanon's answer is that it is used to this kind of allegation, made each time the Israeli Prime Minister or the Israeli government have difficulties. Again, this time, the Israeli government faces difficulties with its people. To relive its culpability they have therefore thrown the responsibility on others: is an Israeli habit. This is an unfounded allegation because all the (Palestinian) organisations took their responsibilities and said the operation had been mounted from "occupied territory". I said and say again that Mr. Yasser Arafat gave assurances that all the organisations took the decision not to attack from Lebanese territory, and all guerrilla activities start from inside "occupied territories". They are strong enough to organise their operation from there, and this operation is a sample of the possibilities evoked by Mr. Arafat, or the leaders of the various organisations. The Israeli Prime Minister and Israel's government have already used these arguments to hide themselves behind pretexts which can't be proved."
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Background: The Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. Takieddin al-Solh answered allegations on Friday (12 April) that the guerrillas who staged the attack on Kiryat Shmoneh had come from Lebanon. Eighteen people died in the suicide raid on the northern Israeli town.
In an interview with Visnews cameraman Noel Alexandre in Beirut, Mr. Solh said the guerrillas had operated from inside Israel.
A translation of the interview -- in Arabic -- follows:
SYNOPSIS: The Prime Minister of Lebanon, Mr. Takieddin al-Solh, gave an interview on Friday to answer the Israeli Prime Minister's allegations that the guerrillas who staged the attack on Kiryat Shmoneh had crossed from Lebanon.
Mr. Solh said the guerrillas had operated from inside Israel. He said Lebanon's answer to the Israeli Prime Minister's statement was that it was accustomed to this kind of allegation, which he said Israel made each time the Prime Minister or the government was in difficulty.
Mr. Solh said the Palestinian organisation had accepted their responsibility and the palestinian guerrilla leader, Yasser Arafat had given assurances that all the guerrilla organisations would not attack Israel from Lebanese territory.
All the guerilla activities start from inside what he called " occupied territory". The organisations were strong enough to organise their operations from there, and this operation was a sample of the capabilities of the Palestinians, Mr. Solh said.
Mr. Solh dismissed Israel's claims as arguments they had used before to hide behind -- pretexts which could not be proved.
When Mr. Solh learned of Israel's charges that Lebanon was responsible for the Kiryat Shmoneh attack where eighteen people were killed, he called in the envoys of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. Later he told reporters he had informed the envoys of Lebanon's attitude to Mrs. Meir's statement.