GV Arrival of plane at Beirut Airport and Secretary-General of the Arab League, Mr. Chedli Klibi, descends aircraft steps. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Klibi with Lebanese Foreign Minister Fuad Butros and other officials walking along tarmac.
SV INTERIOR Newsmen listening to statement by Klibi. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Klibi meeting caretaker Prime Minister Selim al-Hoss at Premier's residence. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Mr. Chedli Klibi, the Arab League's Secretary-General, arrived in Beirut on Wednesday (17 September) for talks with Lebanese leaders about the situation in southern Lebanon and about the Israeli-Arab conflict.
SYNOPSIS: Soon after his arrival in Beirut, Mr. Klibi said that recent Israeli attacks in southern Lebanon made Israel partly responsible for the problems which Lebanon was now facing. It was necessary, he said, for all Arab countries to help bring the country back to normal after the long period of political and religious confrontations which have ravaged Lebanon.
At a news conference, the Arab League's Secretary-General denounced Israel and said a unified Arab position was necessary for a solution to the Middle East problem.
Mr. Klibi has been pressing for international sanctions against Israel because of Israel because of its settlement in Arab lands.
Mr. Klibi had talks later with caretaker Prime Minister Selim al-Hoss about his country's problems. A long front line still cuts through the heart of Beirut four years after the Lebanese civil war officially ended. Now the government is seeking the agreement of the warring factions to a new security plan aimed at disengaging the line.