Lebanon's Liberal Party leader, Camille Chamoun, has spoken out following the Christian Militia shelling of United Nations forces positions in the south.
SCU AND ZO TO SV: interior of Liberal leader with Camille Chamoun speaking.
GV AND PAN OF: United Nations troops in lebanon city of Tyre, driving through town in jeep.
GV: street in Tyre with local people.
GV AND PAN: of Lebanese troops with the United Nations training at Qana.
SVs AND GV: of Lebanese troops in Qana. (4 shots)
SV ZOOM IN TO GV: of Christian Militia looking at United Nations troops.
SVs: of Christian Militia troops (3 shots)
CU: Major Saad Haddah Militia leader speaking as troops listen in. (3 shots)
CHAMOUN: "We want a free Lebanon everywhere, not only in the south borders but everywhere. We want it free from Syrian troops, from Palestinian armed organisations and as far as the south is concerned, well, you need not worry, because the south will always be a part of Lebanon.
REPORTER: "But Mr. President, has his (Major Haddah's) decision and the actions he's taken made it more difficult to resolve the difficulties and the problems in the south.
CHAMOUN: "I don't think so, because the problems are quite different from what Major Haddah has said. The problem in the south is the presence of armed Palestinians who are always trying to infiltrate through the Lebanese borders to attack Israeli villages, and after that there is always recognition from the Israeli forces. This is the tragedy of the south."
HADDAH: "UNIFIL, (United Nations Peace Keeping Forces in Lebanon) here they opened fire in all directions and with all sorts of weapons that they have. The so called Lebanese army... this army is being supported by the PLO to shoot for them, to facilitate their armed threats. How can we trust them? They made prove that there's not co-operation between them, PLO, Syrian and the so-called Lebanese army. We are independent. We are not going to give up. Our will and our wishes is to see all of Lebanon independent like this, our area. We are not, I say again, we are not separatists. We are not separated from Lebanon, but we consider Lebanon under occupation."
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Background: Lebanon's Liberal Party leader, Camille Chamoun, has spoken out following the Christian Militia shelling of United Nations forces positions in the south. He's also commented on renegade Army Major Saad Haddah's announcement of a 'free Lebanon' state in the south. Although he does not see Haddah's declaration as setting up a genuine separate state, he has stressed the importance of establishing Lebanese sovereignty throughout the country.
SYNOPSIS: At the port of Tyre the scene of many confrontations between Palestinian guerrillas and Christian Militiamen, United Nations troops and Palestinian guerrillas continue to make their presence felt. The UN peacekeeping forces have come under heavy attack by Militiamen in recent days.
Fifteen kilometres south-east of Tyre at the town of Qana some of the five hundred troops sent into the area by the Lebanese government have been learning the work of the Fijan contingent of the peacekeeping force. The Lebanese army soldiers have for the most part moved into areas, well away from the Militia enclave. A Reuters correspondent in the area reported that one unit of Lebanese soldiers has been pulled out of the Tibnin area because of shelling there.
The establishment by the Militiamen of their "Free Lebanon" state in the south is in defiance of the Lebanese government which says it will try Major Haddah for treachery. Major Haddah in turn has threatened more attacks on Lebanese forces if they attempt to move further into the area and on UN forces if they assist the government troops.