The leaders of rival Christian and Moslem groups met in Bkirki, north of Beirut, in Lebanon, on Saturday (4 October) to try and work out a solution to the country's violent religious confrontations.
GV Church Palace at Bkirki, near Beirut (2 shots)
CU Patriarch Batanian of Armenian Catholic Church
SV Bishop Youssef (with Cross) Andari, Maronite Christian
SV Moslem Sunni first out of car with Shiah Moslem Imam Musa
SV PAN Religious leaders sitting in room talking (2 shots)
CU Mufti (left) talks with Maronite Christian Patriarch Antonios Khoreish (right)
GV PAN Religious leaders in room, talking
CHRISTIAN AND MOSLEM LEADERS MEETING
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Background: The leaders of rival Christian and Moslem groups met in Bkirki, north of Beirut, in Lebanon, on Saturday (4 October) to try and work out a solution to the country's violent religious confrontations.
Factional violence in Beirut and Tripoli continues, but leaders from both sides are hopeful of a peaceful settlement within weeks.
The bitter fighting between left and right -wing groups has left well over 1,300 people dead in the past six months.
The crisis in the Lebanon borders on outright civil war and the country;s economy is at a virtual standstill.
Representatives of the Christian and Moslem churches met for two hours in the latest round of peace talks.
Their meeting follows several emergency Cabinet sessions of the Lebanese Government which failed to determine an effective solution to the Violence.
Members of the Greek Orthodox, Catholic, Chaldean and Greek Catholic churches attended the talks with their Moslem counterparts.
At this stage, it's not known how effective the talks have been.
SYNOPSIS: The Church Palace in Bkirki, north of Beirut, was the scene of a top level meeting between Christian and Moslem leaders on Saturday.
Patriarch Batanian represented the Armenian Catholic Church at the talks which were aimed at finding a solution to Lebanon's factional violence.
The Maronite Christians were headed by Bishop Youssef Andari.The bitter war between rival right and left wing groups has left more than thirteen-hundred people head in the past six months.
Moslem Sunni Hassan Khaled and Moslem Shiah Imam Musa Sadr were amongst their religions's delegates to the meeting. They's arguing for a greater say in the Government ... claiming the number of Moslem followers has grown greatly since the last Lebanese religion census.
The religious leaders met for more than two hours, but it's not yet known how effective their talks have been.The meeting followed several emergency Lebanese Cabinet sessions which failed to produced an acceptable solution to the bitter fighting. The ceasefire signed by both groups, and representatives of the Syrian Government, some weeks ago now finally seems to be taking hold.
Business in Beirut is returning to normal after weeks of inactivity that brought economic chaos.The situation in the northern port of Tripoli also appears to have tapered off, and both religious groups are confident about a peaceful future.,