In Lebanon Syria has trained at least two rocket batteries on right-wing artillery positions, amid growing signs of strain in the marriage of military convenience between Syria and the right wing factions in the civil war.
GV: Saeb Saalam and Jamil Khubi leaving Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karami's residence. (2 shots)
SV: Ghassan Tueni entering Prime Minister's residence
SV and CU INTERIOR: Lt. Al-Khatib being interviewed.
ROBSON: "You said once that in this war, unlike the one in 1958 where there was no winner and no loser, there must be a clear-cut winner and a loser - how do you feel now?"
AL-KHATIB: "When I said that before, that it must be a winner and a loser, I didn't take in my account the Syrian intervention. But now the whole Lebanese people are the loser and Israel is the only winner. Up to now it seems to me that Israel is looking for a security belt along our border, with the aid of certain Lebanese reactionaries. They have achieved this partially and this situation is very dangerous, it may cause a breakdown of the ceasefire between the Lebanese Arab Army and Israel and perhaps with the Arab countries."
ROBSON: "Thank you very much."
AL-KHATIB: "Your're welcome."
Observers in Beirut quoted by Reuters news agency say that Syria, with most of the aims of its intervention in the 18-month civil war achieved, was now unlikely to feel the need for continued co-operation with the right, which was never very popular with the Syrian people.
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Background: In Lebanon Syria has trained at least two rocket batteries on right-wing artillery positions, amid growing signs of strain in the marriage of military convenience between Syria and the right wing factions in the civil war.
SYNOPSIS: And as the military changes take place the politicians are still hard at work. On Friday (29 October) Christian leaders met Prime Minister Rashid Karami to discuss the Arab Summit meeting in Cairo. Former Prime Minister Saeb Saalam, Mr. Jamil Khubi and Mr. Ghassan Tueni of the National Union Front visited Mr. Karami at his residence in Beirut.
Also on Friday Lebanese Arab Army leader Ahmed Al-Khatib gave the views of the left in an interview with BBC reporter Ronald Robson.