• Short Summary

    Outgoing Lebanese President Suleiman Franjieh met with President-elect Elias Sarkis in Beirut on Tuesday (11 May) to discuss the latest left-wing conditions for a settlement of the country's bloody civil war.

  • Description

    Outgoing Lebanese President Suleiman Franjieh met with President-elect Elias Sarkis in Beirut on Tuesday (11 May) to discuss the latest left-wing conditions for a settlement of the country's bloody civil war.

    Also attending the meeting was Camille Chamoun, a highly-respected right-wing politician and a strong supporter of Mr. Sarkis.

    Left-wing parties are demanding that Syria withdraw its forces from Lebanon before the civil war can end.

    The left boycotted the presidential election which was held on Saturday (8 May), dismissing the vote as a farce.

    A left wing statement alleged that some Deputies had been bribed into voting, with others subjected to threats and pressure.

    The statement called on the population to take up arms in defence against "continued attacks and provocations".

    Despite desperate left-wing attempts to prevent Parliament from reaching the necessary quorum of 66 on Saturday, Mr. Sarkis, Central Bank Governor, was eventually elected to replace President Franjieh.

    The election was held when the 66th Deputy arrived for the meeting, two hours late, under a hail of mortar shells from left-wing militiamen.

    SYNOPSIS: At a meeting in Beirut on Tuesday, Lebanese President-elect Elias. Sarkis, and outgoing President Suleiman Franjieh, discussed the latest left-wing conditions for ending civil war in the country. The leftists are demanding that Syria withdraw its forces from Lebanon as one of the main conditions for settling the war.

    Also attending the meeting was Camille Chamoun, a highly-respected right-wing politician and a strong supporter of Mr. Sarkis.

    As President Franjieh greeted Mr. Sarkis, sniper fire rattled across Beirut. At the same time, left-wing parties were meeting just outside the city to plan their next move. That meeting lasted over two hours at the end of which left-wing leaders announced their pre-conditions for ending the war.

    The three right-wingers saw the announcement as the least an acknowledgement of the possibility of left-wing cooperation with Mr. Sarkis if the conditions were met. Syria, heavily involved in attempts to end the bloodshed in Lebanon, backed Mr. Sarkis for President. The left feels that he was imposed by Syria.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF293HQ14XSQO27K009RLY40O3
    Media URN:
    VLVAF293HQ14XSQO27K009RLY40O3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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