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    United Nations Under-Secretary-General Brian Urquhart met Israel's leaders in Jerusalem on January 10.

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    1. SV INTERIOR UN Under-Secretary-General Brian Urquhart talking with Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir behind desk at meeting in Knesset building (2 shots) 0.16
    2. SV Urquhart moving through corridors with officials 0.26
    3. SVs Urquhart meeting with Prime Minister Begin and other officials as cameramen take (4 shots) 0.45
    4. SV Urquhart talking to reporter (SOT) 1.25
    TRANSCRIPT SEQUENCE FOUR: URQUHART: "That's something I really can't tell you because I think it does very much depend on the nature of the agreement reached in these negotiations. Obviously we are in Lebanon and what the government of Lebanon wants is something which is a controlling factor in what happens with a peace-keeping force. And I think the situation after those negotiations are finished will be substantially different from what it is now so it probably will be necessary to consider other tasks being (indistinct) because it is very clear that the Lebanese government wishes to keep UNIFIL in Lebanon as such."
    Talks between Israel and Lebanon on the withdrawal of Israeli troops from its Arab neighbour country reached deadlock -- with no agreement reached by January 12 even on the agenda to be discussed. In an attempt to break the impasse, United States President Reagan sent Middle East envoy Philip Habib back to the troubled region.

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    Background: JERUSALEM

    United Nations Under-Secretary-General Brian Urquhart met Israel's leaders in Jerusalem on January 10. The Israelis reportedly told him they want no further role for the United Nations peace-keeping force in the Lebanon. Mr. Urquhart first met Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir. He then transferred to a meeting with Prime Minister Menachem Begin and leading officials. The Israelis said he was told firmly that they wanted to reach an agreement with Lebanon to leave the provision of security with the Lebanese army and themselves in a 45 kilometre (28 mile)-deep border zone. They also rejected the idea of UN troops guarding Palestinian refugee camps in the border zone. At a new conference after the meeting, Mr. Urquhart told reporters the future of the peace-keeping force, UNIFIL, depended very much on the outcome of negotiations now in progress. He said the wishes of the Lebanese government were very much a controlling factor and it was very clear they wanted to keep the peace-keeping force in their country.


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