Solution to LBCI Tension ‘in 48 Hours’

Published March 14th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

A solution to defuse the tension created by the army presence at the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International LBCI is expected "within 48 hours," LBCI's chairman was quoted as saying by the Daily Star on Tuesday.  

Pierre Daher said a solution was "imminent," negotiations were ongoing, and that "the army is still deployed in and outside the building."  

Sources at LBCI said the military presence was limited to identity checks and maintaining order, with four soldiers posted at each floor.  

Army personnel moved into the station on Monday to prevent renewed trouble between supporters of management and two share-holding cabinet ministers, namely Deputy Prime Minister Issam Fares and Health Minister Suleiman Franjieh, said the paper.  

Following scuffles Monday between management supporters and those of the two ministers, some 40 soldiers, in several military vehicles, deployed around the station's five-storey building.  

After Daher tried to sack security guards appointed by Franjieh, the army arrested a sports reporter, a cameraman, a movie director, three technical staff, and his driver, the paper said.  

A court Monday rejected a demand by the two shareholders that they be allowed to censor the station's news programs.  

Both Fares and Franjieh said they would appeal.  

"Negotiations are going on between the two sides," Daher said of the lawsuit Fares and Franjieh filed the almost two years ago.  

In a statement, the army said it moved in to control the situation after armed men tried to oust the security guards – 

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