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    A former President of Lebanon, Charles Helou, who took office in September 1964 and was succeeded by President Suleiman Franjieh in 1970, spoke to newsmen in Paris on Friday (18 June) about the complexities of the Lebanese civil war.

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    A former President of Lebanon, Charles Helou, who took office in September 1964 and was succeeded by President Suleiman Franjieh in 1970, spoke to newsmen in Paris on Friday (18 June) about the complexities of the Lebanese civil war.

    SYNOPSIS: Monsieur Helou's main point was that many people have over-simplified the Lebanese situation by assuming that the country is split into only two factions.

    He explained in some detail how the present tragedy had developed, saying that for many years Lebanon had lived with economic, social and professional problems which had to be resolved, but which on their own were not explosive. He said that Lebanon had also been living with inter-Arab and international conflicts - with the added difficulty of tens of thousands of armed Palestinian resistance fighters based on their territory.

    Monsieur Helou's view of the background to the civil war continued with emphasis on the fact that the people were faced with the problem of living in peace with on one side the Palestinian movement and on the other the Lebanese state - which was organised but not well armed. He said that these conflicting interests eventually came to a head and in the process caused an explosion of dissension among the Lebanese people.

    The former President made the point that many Christians in Lebanon are people of modest means, mistakenly described as conservatives, who mainly want to preserve their freedom and security. The Palestinian resistance, he said, had felt threatened, aligned itself with the left and took with it a large part of the Moslem population. He said that many of the richest people in Lebanon are included in the latter group. Monsiour Helou then went on to say that there was nothing more inaccurate than to describe Lebanon as a country divided into two camps - rich, conservative Christiand and poor, progressive Moslems. He also said that it was a false assumption to limit the Lebanese tragedy as an internal conflict.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACXU0JLAA0Y1NVR33UHWOIGQ0Q
    Media URN:
    VLVACXU0JLAA0Y1NVR33UHWOIGQ0Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:25:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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