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Public Papers - 1989

Statement by Press Secretary Fitzwater on the Situation in Lebanon


President Bush is deeply concerned about the growing violence in Lebanon and the escalating suffering of the Lebanese people. The President calls for all internal parties and Syria to cease shelling and to step back from confrontation. The President strongly supports efforts currently underway, such as the one by the Arab League, to bring about a cease-fire and an end to the violence.

In addition, yesterday President Bush and President Mitterrand of France discussed by telephone steps that the United Nations could take to calm the situation. Both Presidents stressed their concern about the loss of life, injuries, and deterioration of the situation in Beirut. The two Presidents stressed the need for international support for efforts to bring about a peaceful solution.

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