Members of the Lebanese Front, an alliance of right-wing political parties, have been holding a two-day conference in the North Lebanese city of Zghorta to devise a compromise formula to reconcile the Christian and Moslem communities in Lebanon and bring about peaceful co-existence.
GV Members leaving meeting including Father Charbel Kassis followed by Pierre Gemayel and Camille Chamoun (grey hair and moustache) plus others.
SV Father Kassis talking to journalists.
CU Mr. Chamoun talking to journalists
SCU Mr. Gemayel talking to journalists
GV Group talking
The Lebanese Front is an alliance of right-wing Maronite political parties. Before the meetings, Phalangist leader Pierre Gemayel repeated a call for a meeting between Lebanese Christians and Moslems. He said: "We will now discuss the issues on our agenda, but our discussions will be unilateral, whereas what is needed now is to find a way to hold a conclave which will group the two Lebanese communities, bring all parties together in an effort to salvage Lebanon." Front spokesman have also supported Lebanese President Elias Sarkis' rejection of Palestinian integration in Lebanon.
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Background: Members of the Lebanese Front, an alliance of right-wing political parties, have been holding a two-day conference in the North Lebanese city of Zghorta to devise a compromise formula to reconcile the Christian and Moslem communities in Lebanon and bring about peaceful co-existence.
SYNOPSIS: After the first day's meeting, former Lebanese President Camille Chamoun said there had been widespread agreement among members of the Front. A compromise formula had been devised that should satisfy all Lebanese - Christians and Moslems.
Among those at the meeting was Father Charbel Kassis, head of the Maronite Monastic Order; Phalangist leader Pierre Gemayel and former president Sulieman Franjieh, whose palace was the setting.
In a statement issued later, the Front said the main obstacle to national reconciliation was the presence of an estimated 400,000 Palestinians in the country. The statement did not say how the Front proposed to resolve the question of those Palestinians who had fought alongside Moslem leftists in the Lebanon civil war.
Some Rightist leaders were reported to have proposed the Palestinians be distributed among the Arab states.