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July 08, 1985

Lebanese Premier Rashid Karami declared that his government is "defunct to a great extent" and urged Syria to help restore security in Beirut, the official Syrian news agency reported. Karami spoke as he arrived in Damascus, where the Syrian government is mediating talks among Lebanese Muslim and Druze leaders on ways to halt clashes between Muslim factions in West Beirut and to revive a Christian-Muslim political dialogue.

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