In Lebanon, former president Camille Chamoun of the National Liberation Party held talks with the Lebanese Falangist leader, Pierre Gemayel, on Sunday (9 July) on the withdrawal of Syrian troops.
SV Camille Chamoun and Pierre Gemayel outside building
CU Mr. Chamous speaking (4 shots)
SV Chamous shakes hands with Gemayel before Gemayel enters car
TRANSCRIPT: CHAMOUN: "The reason is we have a role in discussing the situation. The possibility of obtaining cease-fire and the withdrawal of the Syrian forces from the city and from all the neighbouring places until a settlement is reached about the whole situation."
REPORTER: "The Syrians have said this morning again the unless the Christian militia's are prepared to accept control of the Syrians then the Syrians will crush the militia's."
CHAMOUN: "Who said that?"
REPORTER: "The Syrian Information Minister said this in an interview this morning."
CHAMOUN: "It's a scandal. Well, their strike so far hasn't been successful and we are not going to be crushed and we are not going to accept any suggestion that's (indistinct) this way. We don't accept any suggestion."
REPORTER: "So it looks still as if you are on a complete collision course still with the Syrians?"
CHAMOUN: It's possible, but we accept no control from the Syrians who have been here as a peace-keeping force while they are rather more of war-like force.
REPORTER: "But the day before yesterday, you said the only alternative is war, war and war. It that assessment still valid?"
CHAMOUN: "It is still valid, and it will always be valid as long as they've got this mentality of wanting to control Lebanon or to crush Lebanon."
REPORTER: "How can you change the situation considering the balance of forces right now?"
CHAMOUN: "We haven't got the (indistinct).
REPORTER: "What do you expect from the world opinion in the present situation?"
CHAMOUN: "I don't expect anything, I am doing what I consider my duty to do towards my country and towards my people."
Gemayel and Chamoun appeared to be in accord as the meeting ended Sunday.
Chamoun at least is still determined to hold out to the end for a total Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon.
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Background: In Lebanon, former president Camille Chamoun of the National Liberation Party held talks with the Lebanese Falangist leader, Pierre Gemayel, on Sunday (9 July) on the withdrawal of Syrian troops. The discussions were held against a background of further killings in Beirut and the threatened resignation of Lebanese President, Elias Sarkis.