MIDDLE EAST: Will Compromise Mean Coexistence?

After a fortnight at the brink of civil war, Lebanon last week appeared to be at the brink of peace, at least for a time. After several days of furious negotiations, the Lebanese government and the Palestinian guerrillas announced that they had reached "identical viewpoints" on how to settle the bloody, brutal conflict that left more than 350 dead and 700 wounded.

From all the evidence, the still secret agreement was a coexistence pact with compromises made by both sides.

In exchange for stricter discipline in the ranks, the government will allow the fedayeen to keep control of the refugee camps,...

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