On Friday (14 April) heavily armed Syrian and Sudanese troops were reported to have enforced a fragile peace in the Lebanese capital of Beirut after five days of fierce fighting between Christian and Moslem gunmen.
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Background: On Friday (14 April) heavily armed Syrian and Sudanese troops were reported to have enforced a fragile peace in the Lebanese capital of Beirut after five days of fierce fighting between Christian and Moslem gunmen. The fighting was centred in the Christian district of Ain Rummaneh, and the adjacent Moslem sector of Shiyah. Also on Friday Israeli troops were expected to again pull back their line. to new positions in South Eastern Lebanon. On Tuesday (11 April) the Israelis drew back their line by distances varying between two and seven kilometres. On Friday (14 April) they were due to pull back yet again by distances varying between four and five kilometres. The Israeli incursion into Lebanon in retaliation for Palestinian guerrilla attacks of Israeli civilians put an almost unbearable strain on U.N. troops in the area to keep the shaky ceasefire in force.
SYNOPSIS: The Deputy Commander of the U.N. force in Lebanon, Brigadier General Jean-Paul Cuq, was asked about the situation. General Cuq said that one of the missions of the U.N. force was the establishment of a buffer zone. The U.N. force, he said, had daily contacts with the israelis and the Palestinians and those were generally satisfactory, even if there were some problems with the implementation of the mission.
General Cuq was also asked whether he thought the situation was easing in Southern Lebanon. General Cuq said the situation was easing because of the reinforcement of UN troops in the battle area. This enabled the U.N. troops to feel more at ease to carry out the U.N. mission. General Cuq was speaking to newsmen after inspecting the French contingent of the U.N. force, which is mainly responsible for handling supplies for the overall U.N. force.
General Cuq, who is 51, has served in Indochina and Algeria and his latest command was that of a Parachute Artillery Unit.