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Friday, 13 April, 2001, 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK
Lebanese Christian leader wants Syrians out
The head of the Maronite Christian church in Lebanon has repeated a call for the withdrawal of Syrian troops from the country.

The call by Patriarch Nasrallah Sefir came as Lebanon commemorated the beginning of the civil war that lasted for fifteen years 1975-1990.

In an Easter letter to the Christian community, Patriarch Sefir said it was time Damascus pulled out of Lebanon in accordance with the 1989 Taif peace agreement.

Under the accord, more than 30,000 Syrian troops should have pulled out of Beirut and other major cities by 1992.

The Lebanese Government has banned all demonstrations marking the civil war anniversary - correspondents say there have been fears of clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian factions.

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