During the Lebanon's 19-month civil war -- finally halted by a mainly Syrian Arab truce force of 39,000 men in mid-November -- the members of the Lebanese Front fought the Palestinian commandos and Lebanese leftists.
MV INT Guard outside door
MV Pierre Gemayel speaking to Dr. Malek
SV PAN Official table showing Gemayel, Chamoun, Franjieh and Qassis PAN TO emblem
MV PAN Gemayel speaking to Chamoun (2 shots)
MV Hounain making report
SEQ. 2: The Front's leaders met under a blanket of security. Armed guards surrounded the monastery, to protect men like Falangist leader Pierre Gemayel and ex-Lebanese foreign minister Dr. Charles Malek. Former Lebanese president Suleiman Franjieh also attended, as did Maronite Monastic leader Father Shakbal Qassis.
SEQ. 4: M. Gemayel held several rounds of talks with National Liberal Party leader Camille Chamoun and Dory Chamoun, who leads the military wing of his father's party.
SEQ. 5: Edward Hounain, a member of the Lebanese parliament, read the retreat's final report and resolutions to newsmen. After the announcements on the liberation of territory and the Palestinian refugees, Mr. Hounain said that the release of other resolutions had been postponed until agreement was reached "with other factions following a national dialogue".
The Lebanese Front -- an alliance of rightists including the Falangists and the National Liberal Party -- has declared it will "liberate all Lebanese territory" and seek a "just distribution" of Palestinian refugees among the Arab states. The declarations came on Sunday (23 January) at the end of a three-day retreat by Front leaders in a monastery in the Brummana area--east of Beirut.
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Background: During the Lebanon's 19-month civil war -- finally halted by a mainly Syrian Arab truce force of 39,000 men in mid-November -- the members of the Lebanese Front fought the Palestinian commandos and Lebanese leftists. The rightists had been angered by the presence of so many Palestinians in Lebanon, contending they encroached on Lebanese sovereignty. The Lebanese Front is believed to be advocating sweeping changes to the Lebanese political system, which has been in use since the country gained independence from France in 1943.