The Lebanese Falangist leader, Bashir Gemayel, has been speaking about what he would like to see from the new committee which has been formed to supervise the implementation of the Cairo agreement.
CU INTERIOR Falangist leader Bashir Gemayel speaking in English in Beirut, Lebanon
GEMAYEL: "I'm not very optimistic about this agreement, although the Lebanese Government and the Palestinians and the Syrian Government have tried to show this agreement as being a solution for the Lebanese crisis, and for other problems, I think that some mistakes were done in this respect: Number one -- to have the Palestinians as a party who was involved in the Lebanese conflict being involved now as a referee in the whole problem. I guess it was first mistake and a big mistake to try to show the Palestinians as being of the problem and now trying to be with the Lebanese Government and the Syrians as a referee in the problem. The second mistake is that the Moslem party in Lebanon is not represented in this committee and once again we are seeing the Palestinians and an Arab country speaking and acting on behalf of the Moslems -- of the Lebanese Moslems -- and this also for many years was our problem and what is happening now the Palestinians are finding themselves without any support among the Moslems, among the Arab countries, and they are losing a lot of their possibilities even in the southern part of Lebanon. They are trying to play committee and show themselves as very peaceful people and they are just looking for peace and tranquillity and now after eight years they are asking and seeking to enforce the Cairo agreement. But unfortunately, we know that now they are weak and they are without any support they would like to enforce the Cairo agreement -- but we don't have confidence in them any more."
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Background: The Lebanese Falangist leader, Bashir Gemayel, has been speaking about what he would like to see from the new committee which has been formed to supervise the implementation of the Cairo agreement. A ceasefire was announced last Thursday (21 July) following a meeting between the Palestinians, and Syrian and Lebanese military commanders. The new agreement is aimed at preventing further clashes between the Palestinians and Falangists in South Lebanon. But Mr. Gemayel told reporters he was critical of the way it was formed:
The sporadic fighting in South Lebanon has continued since the end of the Civil War seven months ago, which left 40 thousand people dead and about 60,000 injured. The recent clashes have been in a small scale -- by comparison with the civil war. Lebanese left-wingers and Palestinian commandoes have fought Falangists for the control of villages in the south. Since Thursday's ceasefire there have been reports of several clashes.