A full summit of Arab leaders will decide on Monday (25 October) the composition of the proposed 30,000-strong peace keeping force for Lebanon.
SV INTERIOR Ismail Fahmi speaking in Arabic to newsmen
SV General Mahmoud Riad speaking to newsmen in Arabic
(MR. FAHMI SPEAKING IN ARABIC)
(MR. RIAD SPEAKING IN ARABIC)
Problems could arise when the summit has to decide what proportion of the peace force Syria should take. Reports say Syria's President Assad wants a 30 per cent share, others say up to 50 per cent. Syrian troops have been involved in heavy fighting in Lebanon for several months now.
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Background: A full summit of Arab leaders will decide on Monday (25 October) the composition of the proposed 30,000-strong peace keeping force for Lebanon. The summit had been due to start this but was delayed because six Arab leaders were meeting in Saudi Arabia to draw up a peace plan for Lebanon.