Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

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Jan. 30: The UN Security Council extended for an additional six months the mandate of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), but lowered the presence to 4,500 soldiers from 5,800. In a statement to the Beirut daily Al-Safir, Lebanese Foreign Minister Mahmud Hammud expressed his approval with the extension. [1/31 NYT, WP, 2/1 FBIS]

Feb. 14: In Paris, France, a delegation led by Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri met with French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. Among the items discussed were the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the strengthening of French-Lebanese relations. [2/15 FBIS]

Feb. 16: In an attack on an Israeli army patrol in the Shab'a Farms, on the Golan Heights, Hizballah forces fired mortars and antitank missiles, killing one Israeli soldier and injuring two others. [2/17 NYT, FT, WP]

Feb. 27: At a meeting in Paris, under the aegis of French President Chirac, Prime Minister Al-- Hariri presented his plans for resolving the country's $25 billion debt burden. These included the request of an international aid package of $455 million, one third to be given in a direct grant and two-thirds in a low-interest loan. [2/28 FT]

Feb. 28: Al-Safir reported that in Al-Sarafand, near Sidon, Lebanese security services had arrested Muhammad `Ali `Ubayd, a member of Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President `Arafat's Fatah movement. No reasons were given for the arrest. [31 FBIS]

Mar. 2: The Financial Times reported that as part of measures aimed at reducing the national debt, Prime Minister Al-Hariri had permanently closed the Tele-Liban television station. …

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