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    United States envoy, Philip Habib, has had talks with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to discuss the precarious situation in Southern Lebanon.

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    SV U.S. envoy Philip Habib and party arriving at Israeli Prime Minister's office

    CU Habib talking to Prime Minister, Menachem Begin (2 shots)

    SV Camera crew leaving Prime Minister's office

    SV Habib leaving and making statement to newsmen in English

    HABIB: "As I promised you when I went in, I'd say a few words when I came out. I wan honoured to have a chance to talk to the Prime Minister. As you know, I have been on a trip in the area generally to get the views of the governments and leaders with respect to the situation in Lebanon and what can be done about it. I had a very good talk with the Prime Minister and I will be taking home views he has given m in this respect. I might say just so you all understand, I didn't come with a scheme or any grand plan. Whatever you may have heard in that regard just isn't so. I basically came as our people in Washington announced, to get the views f people in this area and I have received them. Beyond that, I really have nothing to say, so there's no point in our sort of fooling around with each other. Now that I have the views I am going to go home, I'm going to report hem to my bosses and they will review what I have to report on those views and then we'll see what comes after that. Beyond that I really thing it's best if I don't go any further. Thank you very much."

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    Background: United States envoy, Philip Habib, has had talks with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to discuss the precarious situation in Southern Lebanon. Mr. Habib -- who is of Lebanese origin -- is special adviser to United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance. He has already visited Syria, Jordan and Lebanon to sound out governments there on a plan for a lasting truce in Lebanon.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Philip Habib had an hour-long meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin on Sunday (28 October).

    Jerusalem was the fourth leg of Mr. Habib's Mid-east tour, during which he has been getting leaders' views on Southern Lebanon. According to Israeli aides, Mr. Begin told the American envoy that peace could not return to Lebanon until the Syrian Army withdrew its forces and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) ceased its activities there.

    Palestinian guerrillas and left-wing Lebanese have already attacked the American initiative, claiming it is an attempt to force Lebanon into the Camp David agreements between Egypt and Israel. But Mr. Habib told newsmen that he had not formulated a peace plan for Lebanon.

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