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    Fighting continues in southern Lebanon between Palestinian factions. Residents reported fierce artillery battles throughout Friday?

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    SV Chamoun talking to reporters (2 shots)

    CHAMOUN: "Well, you have two kinds of Palestinians here. The first are the refugees who are under the care of the United Nations. We have no objections that those can stay here in Lebanon until the Palestinian question is settled at Geneva or outside Geneva or anywhere. Basically the other kind of Palestinians who have been part of the armed organisations which fought the last war against the Lebanese. They have first of all to comply by the agreement which was reached at Riyadh and then at the meeting of the political committee of the Arab League. Those have to comply by those agreements and put down their military equipment and arms in a spot where they can be under the control of the security forces."

    INTERVIEWER: "There is a statement today in the Revue (Du Liban) in which you said that if the Cairo agreement was implemented then the Lebanese crisis would be sorted out in five hours. What is your interpretation of that?"

    CHAMOUN: "No, I didn't say that. I said that let us get the agreements which were reached in Riyadh, Cairo,implemented and after that the differences between the Lebanese can be settled in a very short time."

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    Background: Fighting continues in southern Lebanon between Palestinian factions. Residents reported fierce artillery battles throughout Friday night (8 July) and intermittent clashes the following day. Nabatiyeh, a market town on Lebanon's southern border sustained extensive damage. No casualties were reported. Discussions have been held between Lebanese President, Elias Sarkis and Maronite Patriarch, Antonios Khreish, whose sect dominates Lebanon's right-wing Christians. An agreement has been reached between the two leaders, but details have yet to be released. In a recent statement the Commander of Rightist Lebanese forces, Beshir Gematel has said the Palestinian problem could be solved by ending armed Palestinian presence in the south. In an interview on Sunday (10 July) right-wing leader and former Lebanese President, Camille Chamoun, said Palestinians should comply with last year's Comprehensive peace plan endorsed by members of the Arab League.

    On October 16, 1976 a cessation of hostilities in the Lebanese civil war was established at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, and later Cairo via a comprehensive peace plan which called for a 30,000-man Arab peacekeeping force compared with the earlier contingent of 2,500 men and full observance of the 1969 Cairo agreement which regulated the presence of Palestinians in Lebanon.

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