6 Mar 98:
As the government
has failed to effect a complete return for the displaced, all wealthy people
and organizations should lend financial and moral help to the cause,
vice-president of the higher Shiite council abdel-Amir Qabalan
8 Mar 98:
Maronite patriarch cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir at Bkirki, Qabalan said the
proposal, which he called "twinning between the rich and the poor", should be
adopted by all the country's religious leaders.
"We have asked the
patriarch to call on the charity and humanitarian associations such as caritas
to discuss the return of the displaced, especially as the government has to
fulfil its promise," he said.
"All political and financial resources should
be mobilized and the proposal adopted by Bkirki, Dar al-Fatwa, the higher
Shiite council and the Druze leadership," he said.
9 Mar 98:
help for the return of the displaced from the well-off, clubs and anyone else
He called for "a popular plan of action" for the return of
the displaced to their villages and homes, with statistics on their number made
12 Mar 98:
70,000 families have been categorized as displaced and wishing to return, with
about 30% having so far done so.
"After we felt the government was unable
to fulfil its pledges, we consider a national shrine and not only a Maronite
one." he said.
Qabalan said the timing of his proposal was due in
particular to patriarch's meeting today with prime minister Rafik Hariri
followed by a trip to the Vatican, where he will meet pope John Paul II, which
would help highlight the issue.
Qabalan said he would convey the proposal
to other religious leaders for their cooperation.
15 Mar 98:
Phalange leaders at headquarters.
A ground-breaking visit by a Phalange
party delegation to the Progressive Socialist party headquarters should show
that the new-fond Christian-Druze alliance has permanence, according to the
heads of the two groups.
17 Mar 98:
At a joint news
conference, PSP (Progressive Socialist Party) president Walid Jumblatt said the
visit, part of the first dialogue between the two parties since they were
established in 1955, "should work to eliminate the rumors that requirements of
the moment" were responsible for his recent alliance-building with the national
Liberal and phalange parties.
Jumblatt, minister Akram Chehayeb and PSP
vice president Dureid Yaghi received the seven-man phalange delegation at the
bottom of the Wata Museitbeh building that houses party headquarters, and
accompanied them upstairs, where they held a 90-minute meeting behind closed
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