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Lebanon / Peace Talks / Civil War #287253

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 31, 1983
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(Studio) Continue fighting in eastern Lebanon between army and Druse militia reported
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Geneva, Switzerland) Sec. precautions for Lebanon's national reconciliation talks here, beginning today with faction leaders President Amin Gemayel, Suleiman Franjieh, Walid Jumblatt, noted; films shown. Extent of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad's control of most talk participants and President Reagan's assessment of him considered; number Syrians currently in Lebanon and Israeli refusal to withdraw prior to Syria discussed. Gemayel's tenuous control of government and criticism of United States role in Israeli withdrawal from Beirut cited. [Saeb SALAN - blames United States for Israel's strong position at present.]
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(Lebanon) Druse preparations for full-scale war if peace talks collapse detailed; films shown. [Druse political ofr. Hisham NASREDINE - claims Druse are prepared to defense selves.] [Druse villager Aref HASSAN - wants rights for children.] Continue fighting throughout Shouf mountains mentioned.
REPORTER: Allen Pizzey

Fenton, Tom;
Pizzey, Allen;
Rather, Dan

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