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    The Israeli government has accepted in principle a plan under which its troops and all other foreign forces would withdraw from Lebanon.

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    1. SVs Officials arrive (2 shots) 0.13
    2. SV Ministers arrive (2 shots) 0.25
    3. SCU United States Secretary of State, George Shultz speaks (SOT) (3 shots) 2.08
    TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE THREE): SHULTZ: "We recognise there's a tremendous amount of work to be done, but this is a milestone, and we're determined to keep on and do the additional things that are necessary to see that it works. At this moment, I just want to say how grateful I am for the hard work and effort, constructive atmosphere, earnest intentions throughout, that the negotiators both here and in Lebanon have displayed throughout this period. I would point out that this agreement was very close to completed when I arrived, due to the good work of the negotiating teams who have been here, with the help of Philip Habib (U.S. special envoy to the Middle East) and Morris Draper (head of the U.S. negotiating team), and I had the pleasure of helping to put a little of the icing on the cake. But in any rate, we hope it's going to be a real good cake. I am going on to Jordan now, to talk with King Hussein, and I'll go to Damascus tomorrow, and then probably to Saudi Arabia and we'll check back here and given a report on our visits on our way out of the area."

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    Background: JERUSALEM

    The Israeli government has accepted in principle a plan under which its troops and all other foreign forces would withdraw from Lebanon. After a marathon six and a half hour session, the Israeli cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Menachem Begin, agreed on May 6 to the plan, masterminded by the United States Secretary of State George Shultz, who was on his first official peacemaking tour of the Middle East. Cabinet voting was 17 to 2 in favour of the proposal, described by one minister as the best possible deal. No precise details of the withdrawal schedule were released. But diplomatic sources said that Israeli, Syrian and Palestinian forces would quit Lebanon within two months, with Israeli's 25,000 troops going over an eight week period, leaving a token force of 50 observers. According to the Shultz plan, if the 50,000 Syrian troops and 5,000 Palestinian fighters pulled out before then, the Israelis would have to speed up their withdrawal. Mr Shultz told a news conference that the agreement was a milestone in Middle East peace manoeuvres, but added that Lebanon's Arab supporters would have to be consulted.


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