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    In South Lebanon, Christian militia continue to block the deployment of Lebanese Government forces in a strip near the border with Israel.

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    GV U.N. Special envoy Mr. Brian Urquhart arriving at South Lebanon U.N. position

    SV & CU Mr. Urquhart and party walking up to inspect damage (3 shots)

    CU Mr. urquhart speaking in English to reporter

    SV Mr. Shimon Peres, Head of Israeli Labour party Opposition, arriving at Knesset for meeting

    SV PAN Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin arriving

    CU Head of Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, Mr. Moshe Arrens, speaking to reporter in English

    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Do you see a possible impediment to the renewal of the United Nations mandate?"

    SEQ. 3: URQUHART: "I am afraid I am not really the person to answer that question, because that is up to the members of the Security Council. But I think, as anyone who has seen the situation would probably believe, that this force is serving an extremely valuable purpose and I would guess for that reason the members of the Council would wish to prolong it. But I cannot say that, it is not for me to say. It is up to the members of the Council."

    REPORTER: "The mandate for U.N.I.F.I.L., the U.N. troops in South Lebanon, is due shortly to come up for renewal. With regard to the current situation in Lebanon would you be in favour of the United Nations troops remaining for another six-months mandate at least?"

    SEQ. 6: MR. ARRENS: "Yes, very definitely. The United Nations troops in South Lebanon have not entirely lived up to our expectations because unfortunately we find that there are a significant number of terrorist units in the areas that are controlled by the United Nations troops. But on the other hand I think it is clear to us that should the United Nations troops withdraw that we will have a renewal of terrorist activity in the area and probably much larger numbers of terrorists entering the area, and that would not be good for anybody."

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    Background: In South Lebanon, Christian militia continue to block the deployment of Lebanese Government forces in a strip near the border with Israel. The United Nations Under-Secretary General Mr. Brian Urquhart has been inspecting the situation following the failure of the Lebanese Government to establish its authority in the ???region.

    SYNOPSIS: United Nations troops replaced israeli units in South Lebanon to smooth the way for the Lebanese Army. But a Lebanese battalion moving towards the area was stopped by the Christian militia. Now the United Nations mandate is running out. After his inspection, Mr. Urquhart spoke to reporters.

    In Israel, members of the government's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee have also discussed the stalemate. The Committee's chairman Mr. Moshe Arrens stated his attitude to the United Nations presence.

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