Lebanon's President Amin Gemayel flew to Damascus on December 27 to meet his Syrian counterpart, Hafez Al-Assad.
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Background: DAMASCUS, SYRIA
Lebanon's President Amin Gemayel flew to Damascus on December 27 to meet his Syrian counterpart, Hafez Al-Assad. They met for talks aimed at pushing through a crucial plan to deploy the Lebanese Army up to Israeli front lines in South Lebanon. This was the third summit meeting between the two presidents in 1984, and according to political sources in Beirut, the Syrian-backed plan, previously stalled by objections from rival militias in the South, was the focus of the talks, along with negotiations to end Israeli's occupation. On December 26, the Lebanese Cabinet approved its military council's latest version of the pan, and asked the army to set a date for implementing it. the army's move south to the Awali River should have begun on December 2, but was repeatedly delayed by objections from the Druze Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) and Christian "Lebanese Forces" militias which control the area. All major political factions agreed last month that the army should be deployed on the Awali coast to stop fighting between their militias. The plan also aims to prepare the army to take over after an Israeli withdrawal in order to prevent a repetition of the sectarian clashes following last year's partial Israeli pullback to the Awali. At the United Nations-sponsored talks, in Naqoura on December 20, Israeli threatened to break off talks about troop withdrawals unless Lebanon agreed to Israeli demands by January 7. Israel wants United Nations peacekeeping forces to be used north of the Litani River, while its own troops would patrol the area around the northern border. Lebanon wants its army to take charge of all occupied territory, with U.N. forces backing it south of the Litani.
Source: SYRIAN T.V.