BEIRUT — In what appeared to be a U.S. policy shift, Assistant Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger said in an interview broadcast today that Syria should withdraw from Lebanon.
"The Syrians have to back off," Eagleburger said in an interview on Christian-controlled Voice of Lebanon conducted by the station's Washington correspondent. "All of the outside parties ought to back off and let the Lebanese make their own judgment about where their future lies. There is too much foreign involvement on all sides."
His remarks in the taped interview reversed a statement he made before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on March 16. He said at that time that the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon would aggravate the situation because their presence restrains the warring parties.