Talks have been held in Beirut between United Nations representatives and Lebanese leaders on the need for the Government to re-assert its control in the south of the country.
EXTERIOR GV: Ministry of Defence, Beirut.
INTERIOR MV: Lebanese Defence minister Victor Khoury enters with Foreign Minister Fuad Butros.
MV: Butros greeted by prime minister Selim-al-Hoss, and U.N. under Secretary Brian Urquhart, and all sit.
CU: model tank, PULL BACK TO MV VIEW as men talk.
MV: UN representatives James Jonah and UN army officers join talks.
CU: Butros, PULL BACK TO GV men talking.
Relations have been tense in the south between the UN patrols, and Palestinian forces as well as right-wing Christian militia. Some improvement has been seen in the area with Lebanese troops taking part with UN troops on some patrols.
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Background: Talks have been held in Beirut between United Nations representatives and Lebanese leaders on the need for the Government to re-assert its control in the south of the country.
SYNOPSIS: The talks were held on Monday (12 February) at the Ministry of Defence. Participating for Lebanon were Defence Minister Victor Khoury, Foreign Minister Fuad Butros, and Prime Minister Selim Al-Hoss, while Under-secretary Brian Urquhart represented the United Nations. He asked that the Security Council resolution be put into effect extending the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for five months, and that the government restore its authority in the south.
UNIFIL forces in the south have found it increasingly harder to function without cooperation from the Palestinian forces and the right-wing Christian militants. Early this month, four UNIFIL troops were killed when their helicopter was shot down, and two others were killed in separate incidents. These deaths have made some countries reluctant to supply troops to UNIFIL. Later on Monday, Mr. Urquhart met with Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat.