Lebanese Foreign Minster Fuad Boutros said in Paris on Monday (30 October) he was realistic, not pessimistic, about the outcome of the present turmoil in Lebanon.
GV EXTERIOR & CU Foreign Ministry, Paris (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR Lebanese Foreign Minister Fuad Boutros (left) with French Foreign Minister Louis de Guiringaud
CU Boutros talks to newsmen in French
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Background: Lebanese Foreign Minster Fuad Boutros said in Paris on Monday (30 October) he was realistic, not pessimistic, about the outcome of the present turmoil in Lebanon. The Lebanese government, is now putting into action the resolution of the Beiteddin Summit of Arab foreign ministers in mid-October, which decided to start replacing Syrian members of the peace-keeping force with Saudi troops. Monsieur Boutros was reportedly in Paris on a special arms-buying trip.
SYNOPSIS: The French Foreign Ministry was the venue for talks between Monsieur Boutros and French Foreign Minister Louis de Giringaud, seen here on the right of picture. Monsieur Boutros later spoke to newsmen.
Monsieur Boutros said the many problems facing the Lebanon were complex, and no government should expect to solve them with the flick of a finger. He said the current fighting between right-wing Christian militias and the peace-keeping forces would only be eliminated in stages; and that it would be a hard, long and difficult process. Monsieur Boutros went on to say that he would not delude himself, but he thought there was every reason to believe Lebanon would succeed in solving its current problems, no matter how tough and complicated they appeared to be. An important factor would be the help his country received from friends in the Arab would and elsewhere.
Asked why he was visiting France, Monsieur Boutros said he was seeking guidance and friendship. Another newsman asked whether this visit had altered the pessimistic outlook he was reported to have about Lebanon's future. The foreign minister denied those reports, saying that he was aware that losing hope would be very dangerous. Any remark suggesting the speaker feared that things might not get better would only further complicate the situation. One of his tasks was to continue to study ways to find realistic solutions to Lebanon's worries.