LEBANON Pipe Down In the Back

Notes LEBANON Pipe Down In the Back

Could Lebanon actually be nearing a peace accord? Under the auspices of the Arab League, Lebanon's parliament last week agreed on the outlines of a new national charter revising the distribution of political power, the issue at the root of the country's 14-year-old civil war. The plan, worked out in the Saudi city of Taif, won the endorsement of 58 of the 62 legislators present. Whereas Christians previously held 54 of parliament's 99 seats, an enlarged, 108-member legislature would be evenly divided between Muslims and Christians.

General Michel Aoun, the Lebanese Christian leader, rejected the agreement promptly because it provides no...

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