Arab League plans for a multi-national force to halt the bloodshed in Lebanon may not prove effective.
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Some 2,000 troops will form the peacekeeping force. Countries sending units are: Syria, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, Sudan -- and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). General Fahmy is urging the quick despatch of their forces to Lebanon. Heavy fighting continued on Friday (11 June) with Palestinian and Lebanese leftists' positions under shell attack. Some 12,000 Syrian troops are believed to be stationed in Lebanon.
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Background: Arab League plans for a multi-national force to halt the bloodshed in Lebanon may not prove effective. As League officials met in Cairo on Thursday (10 June) to finalise the peace-plan, Syria agreed to halt its advance on Beirut. However, the front line of Syrians is still advancing.
SYNOPSIS: Syria's agreement to halt its army formed a key part of the peace plan. It was worked out by an emergency meeting of Arab League foreign ministers that ended on Thursday morning. Later, Arab League Secretary General Mr. Mahmoud Riad, had talks with Egyptian Army commander, Lieutenant General Mohamed Fahmy. A spokesman said the discussion covered arrangements for sending the multi-national force into Lebanon. Though the arrangements looked under threat--the first unit from the Sudan has arrived in Beirut.
The Egyptian deputy army commander, General Hassan Ghoneim, and League assistant Secretary General, Dr. Sayed Nofal, joined the talks. The Cairo newspaper, Al-Ahram, reported that General Ghoneim would go to Damascus. It said his task is to work out details of replacing the Syrian troops in Lebanon. General Fahmy is the League's assistant Secretary General for military affairs and has a major organising role in the peace plan.