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    DRAIYEH, AND DAR AL-FATWA, NEAR BEIRUT, AND SOUTHERN LEBANON

    Lebanon officially informed Israel on July 18 that it had decided to close the Lebanese side of an Israeli liaison bureau, north of Beirut.Defence Minister Adel Osseiran said he ordered Lebanese officials to leave the office at Dbaiyeh, a Christian village ten kilometres (six miles) north of the capital, because it was a spy centre.Army colonel Fawzi Abu Farhat, head of the Lebanese side of the team, conveyed the news to the Israeli side of the bureau.The office was set up following the Israeli incursion ito southern Lebanon in 1982, to deal with any resulting problems.In June this year, Prime Minister Rashid Karami said he had asked Israel to close the bureau, a request ignored.Israel told Lebanon that it must allow the office, in territory controlled by the pro-Israeli Lebanese Forces christian militia, to stay open if it wants to negotiate a withdrawal of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon.Prime Minister Karami has ruled out direct talks on such topics.In Southern Lebanon, Israeli security forces intimated that they may be ready to either severely disrupt traffic or completely close communications with the area by shutting their checkpoint at Batter-Jezzine if they were required to leave the Dbaiyen office.On July 18, the day of the of the closure announcement, long queues of trucks and cars built up on roads to the checkpoint.the same day, religious leaders from the Christian, Moslem and Greek Orthodox communities gathered in Dar Al-Fatwa to discuss the continued presence of Israeli forces in southern Lebanon.Osseiran added that Israel should not place such emphasis on the closure of the liaison office unless it was determined to remain in Lebanon.

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    DAOU, JULY 19
    1. GVs EXTERIOR Israeli liaison office in Dbaiyeh (2 shots) 0.14
    KHOURY, JULY 18
    2. SVs Leaders of Christian Greek Orthodox and Moslem communities arriving for talks at Dar Al-Fatwa (2 shots) 0.34
    3. GV & SV INTERIOR Religious leaders at conference table (3 shots) 0.51
    KASSEM JULY 18
    4. GV Cars queue outside Israeli checkpoint 0.54
    5. SV Truck drivers sit in sun outside their parked trucks (3 shots) 1.08
    6. SVs Parked civilian cars, and their occupants, wait (6 shots) 1.25
    7. SV Travellers sit in sun PAN parked vehicles (2 shots) 1.39
    InitialsMAW/PM


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    Background: DRAIYEH, AND DAR AL-FATWA, NEAR BEIRUT, AND SOUTHERN LEBANON

    Lebanon officially informed Israel on July 18 that it had decided to close the Lebanese side of an Israeli liaison bureau, north of Beirut.Defence Minister Adel Osseiran said he ordered Lebanese officials to leave the office at Dbaiyeh, a Christian village ten kilometres (six miles) north of the capital, because it was a spy centre.Army colonel Fawzi Abu Farhat, head of the Lebanese side of the team, conveyed the news to the Israeli side of the bureau.The office was set up following the Israeli incursion ito southern Lebanon in 1982, to deal with any resulting problems.In June this year, Prime Minister Rashid Karami said he had asked Israel to close the bureau, a request ignored.Israel told Lebanon that it must allow the office, in territory controlled by the pro-Israeli Lebanese Forces christian militia, to stay open if it wants to negotiate a withdrawal of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon.Prime Minister Karami has ruled out direct talks on such topics.In Southern Lebanon, Israeli security forces intimated that they may be ready to either severely disrupt traffic or completely close communications with the area by shutting their checkpoint at Batter-Jezzine if they were required to leave the Dbaiyen office.On July 18, the day of the of the closure announcement, long queues of trucks and cars built up on roads to the checkpoint.the same day, religious leaders from the Christian, Moslem and Greek Orthodox communities gathered in Dar Al-Fatwa to discuss the continued presence of Israeli forces in southern Lebanon.Osseiran added that Israel should not place such emphasis on the closure of the liaison office unless it was determined to remain in Lebanon.

    Source: TONY DAOU/REUTERS - MOUSTAFA KASSEM/MARWAN KHOURRY

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2E6QTQBT57GU1MSR39S81MDXL
    Media URN:
    VLVA2E6QTQBT57GU1MSR39S81MDXL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/07/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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