An uneasy calm has settled over Beirut following the burning of the Jordanian Embassy on Friday night (June 12) by Left-Wing demonstrators.
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Background: An uneasy calm has settled over Beirut following the burning of the Jordanian Embassy on Friday night (June 12) by Left-Wing demonstrators. But the fire could, it is believed, increase the chances of successful and trouble free implementation of new Commando Control measures tomorrow (Monday).
The attack on the Embassy has been unanimously denounced by all Lebanese political parties, including the Communists. It is believed that the burning of the Embassy will serve to put people on their guard against letting passions again get out of hand.
Government and Fedayeen sources agreed that there was a general desire on both sides to avoid any friction when the order goes into force forbidding the unlicensed carrying of arms in Lebanese towns and villages.
The Commando Groups have already given the Government assurances that they will respect the new measures which were announced last month after a rash of Guerrilla attacks on Israel from South Lebanese bases brought heavy Israeli retaliation.
Both the Government and the Fedayeen are anxious to avoid new confrontations of the kind which have rocked Lebanon three times in the past 14-months.
The Government wants to ensure that nothing will disturb the start of the Summer Tourist Season, a vital factor in the country's economy, or in any way influence the Presidential Elections to be held later this Summer.
The Fedayeen appear to have desire to have a confrontation with Lebanese Security Forces at a time when they have their hands fully occupied with the Jordanian crisis.