Secretary-General of the Arab League, Mahmoud Riad, has called for an Arab summit to try to work out a solution to end the worsening civil war in Lebanon.
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Background: Secretary-General of the Arab League, Mahmoud Riad, has called for an Arab summit to try to work out a solution to end the worsening civil war in Lebanon. Mr. Riad made his appeal at a meeting of the League in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Tuesday (20 January).
He said one or two Arab countries should convene a summit meeting to endorse an Arab plan for ending the Lebanese catastrophe.
Speaking to newsmen Mr. Riad said that the resignation of Lebanese Premier Karami indicated the fighting in Lebanon was entering a more violent stage and many hoped that a joint Arab force would be formed to go into Lebanon under the Arab League banner to stop the blood-shed there.
On the same day about 50 Palestinian students took over the offices of the Arab League in Rome.
The take over was to protest against alleged American, Israeli and "reactionary Arab" interference in the war in Lebanon.
At first, Italian police thought the occupation was a guerrilla raid and rushed to the scene in force.
However, when the situation became clear, Arab League officials asked the police to withdraw from the offices and leave the students alone.
The students said they planned a two day occupation as part of their protest.