A ministerial meeting of the Arab League opened in Tunisia on Thursday (15 November) sixteen hours behind schedule.
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Background: A ministerial meeting of the Arab League opened in Tunisia on Thursday (15 November) sixteen hours behind schedule. The delay was caused by a disagreement between delegates over the issue of the Palestinian presence in Southern Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting of Arab Foreign ministers was called to discuss a Southern Lebanon peace plan in preparation for next week's Arab League summit. But as the delegates began arriving in Tunis it was apparent thee were major differences. The meeting was due to start on Wednesday evening ut was put off until the following morning. The official reason for the delay was that some delegations still hadn't arrived. However, informed sources said it was due to behind the scenes moves to pursued the Lebanese to drop their demand for withdrawal of Palestinian Commandos from Southern Lebanon. As the meeting began the Lebanese said they would stand firm.