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Peacekeeper lands to meet in Paris on Lebanese crisis

The four countries taking part in the Lebanon peacekeeping force are to hold an emergency meeting in Paris tomorrow concerning the devastating bomb attacks against US and French bases in Beirut.

French officials said the gathering of foreign ministers from the US, France, Italy, and Britain was expected to reaffirm their commitment to the force and to efforts for a political settlement in Lebanon. But there were clear signs France will express anxiety about being drawn into a Vietnam-style conflict and will press for wider international involvement in peace efforts.

Secretary of State George Shultz will represent the US.

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