Dr. James Jonah, aide to United Nations Secretary-General kurt Waldheim, met Lebanon's Premier Selim Al?
SV INT Dr. James Jonah meets Premier Selim Al Hoss. Two men seated together (3 shots)
GV EXT Dr. Jonah arrives outside residence of Foreign Minister Fuad Butros and walks up steps
SV INT Mr. Butros greeting Dr. Jonah. They walk across room and take seat (2 shots)
CU Mr. Butros
SCU Dr. Jonah seated and talking
SV EXT Dr. Jonah walking to Yasser Arafat's office accompanied by UN troops
SV INT Dr. Jonah with Yasser Arafat (2 shots)
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Background: Dr. James Jonah, aide to United Nations Secretary-General kurt Waldheim, met Lebanon's Premier Selim Al Hoss in Beirut on Wednesday (28 June) to discuss the deployment of United Nations forces in southern Lebanon. Right-wing Christian militiamen have been ignoring orders from the Lebanese government and local Lebanese army commanders to co-operate with the UNIFIL forces, and have established road-blocks and military positions in some areas near the Lebanese-Israeli border.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Jonah was accompanied on his visit to Premier Selim Al Hoss by the deputy commander of UNIFIL, French Brigadier General Jean-Paul Cuq. The militant force that is refusing to turn over the supervision of the southern border to United Nations troops, is made up from Falangist groups and other right-wing organisations which once supported the official army.
Dr. Jonah continued his work in Beirut by meeting the Lebanese Foreign Minister Fuad Butros at his residence. The discussions centred around the warning given by the right-wing militia that the United Nations are not to interfere with internal Lebanese problems. They said they consider themselves the masters of the area from the Arkoub to the sea and operated under the "roof" of the Lebanese Front. They said that if UNIFIL entered the areas that they now control it would be contrary to the agreement between General Erskine and the two Lebanese Majors Haddad and Shidiak. When Haddad finally agreed to allow the UNIFIL troops to enter the area, the right-wing faction, that numbers about 800 overthrew him and blocked the entry of the UN troops.
The militiamen claim that UNIFIL forces will not prevent infiltration of the Palestinian Liberation Force guerrillas into south Lebanon. Dr. Jonah met Yasser Arafat following his discussions with Lebanese leaders. The Israelis originally invaded south Lebanon in March to attack Palestinian guerrilla bases in the area. The right-wing militants have advised the United Nations to concentrate their efforts on keeping the P.L.O. away from the whole of Lebanon. Dr. Jonah hoped, in his talks, to try and make arrangements for deployment of U.N. troops to the areas still barred by the right-wing militia.