October 22, 1989 |
Fighting for their political life and the hope of salvaging three weeks of peace talks, Lebanon's Christian majority dug in for a last stand Saturday amid growing signs that their fight to eject Syria from Lebanon is doomed to fail. Increasingly isolated even from their own nominal Christian government in Beirut, Christian Parliament leaders met through the night in this Saudi mountain resort for the second straight day in an attempt to end 14 years of civil war.
October 29, 1989 |
Two U.S. lawmakers visited Beirut and reportedly tried to persuade Christian leader Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun to accept an Arab League-sponsored peace plan. Reps. Mary Rose Oaker (D-Ohio) and Nick J. Rahall II (D-W.Va.), both of Lebanese descent, met with Aoun for about three hours at the badly damaged presidential palace in Baabda. The two reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to peace in the area despite the withdrawal last month of all American diplomats from the country.
October 28, 1989 |
Christian army chief Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun on Friday ruled out presidential elections in Lebanon unless deputies return to Beirut to win popular backing for their plan to end 14 years of civil war. But acting Prime Minister Salim Hoss, Aoun's chief Muslim political rival, told Egypt's Middle East News Agency, "The train of peace has moved, and we don't think anyone can stop it."
October 1, 1989 |
The Lebanese Parliament, divided and decimated by 14 years of civil war, unofficially convened for the first time in more than a year Saturday with a vow to "show that the Lebanese want to live together." "The Lebanese people look at this as a turning point," Parliament Speaker Hussein Husseini said at the beginning of talks on a proposed "national reconciliation charter" to restructure the government, elect a new president and end the fighting. "Our success opens the way for peace.
October 11, 1989 |
Facing a worsening deadlock over establishing a new, unified government in Lebanon, the Lebanese Parliament delayed official sessions for the fifth day Tuesday while a committee of deputies attempted to work out a compromise political reform plan. An official session scheduled for Tuesday night was abruptly canceled at mid-afternoon when the committee of 17 deputies failed to reach a consensus on what powers the president should hold and on the formation of a new Cabinet.
September 30, 1989 |
Largely powerless Christian and Muslim members of Lebanon's Parliament will gather today at a resort in Saudi Arabia for talks aimed at bringing peace to their beleaguered country. The meeting, sponsored by Arab League mediators, is given almost no chance of resolving the conflict, but it has produced a week of truce, the longest in more than six months of shelling between Christian gunners and Syrian-supported Muslim forces here.
September 23, 1989 |
Lebanon's Christian army commander, Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun, on Friday accepted a seven-point Arab League truce plan aimed at ending six months of savage shelling between his forces and Syrian troops that has claimed more than 800 lives. Bowing to intense international pressure to agree to a truce, Aoun, who launched a war to drive about 40,000 Syrian troops out of Lebanon in March, shifted his rhetoric of war to one of peace.
September 16, 1989 |
Exhausted, running short of supplies and facing increasing international isolation, parties to Lebanon's civil war are expected to accept an Arab mediating committee's demand for an immediate cease-fire, diplomatic sources confirmed Friday.