Supporters of Aoun Await Syrian Pullout from Lebanon
Supporters of the exiled former leader, Michel Aoun, said Friday they are going to erect two plaques, one to mark the Israeli withdrawal, the other to stay blank until the Syrians withdraw.
They said in a statement received by AFP they would erect the plaques on the rocks at the mouth of the Nahr al Kalb river -- the river of the dog -- some 15 kilometers, north of Beirut, where commemorative plaques or frescoes have been put up since the days of the Pharaohs.
The anti-Syrian group loyal to Aoun, who led the Christian military government in Lebanon from 1988 to 1990, said one will carry the phrase "The withdrawal of Israeli troops took place May 24th, 2000," while the "second will stay blank waiting to be able to mark it later with the date of the pullout of the Syrian army in Lebanon."
Aoun, who lives in exile in France, declared a "war of liberation against the Syrian occupations" before being driven out in a Syrian offensive in October 1990.
Several of his supporters were arrested in April for distributing leaflets and demonstrating for the pullout of the 30,000 or more Syrian troops in Lebanon. They were given jail terms of one to three months - BEIRUT (AFP)
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