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Those of the airlines, ironically, might be Increased if they are forced to pay out pension obligations. Fl NANGfo L i Street, Now Yorfc =nri.' - w •ii: ‘ v -' Zani V ; : , %h FINANCIAL TIMES FRIDAY AUGUST 25 1989 OVERSEAS NEWS Diplomats strive to find solution to Beirut crisis By Lara Marlowe in West Beirut DIPLOMATIC pressure to solve the Lebanon crisis tototi Qi FM yesterday, with a Soviet envoy arriving in Beirut, European Community, officials on their way, and the Arab League attempting to revive mediation efforts.
The dispute is without paral- lel in Australia’s aviation Industry, and is beyond the experience of most participants in the country's generally arcane industrial relations. French - warships, mean' while, sought to avoid confron- tation by remaining well away item the Lebanese coast After a series of consulta- tions in Damascus, Mr Gen- nady Tarasov, the Soviet Mid- dle Bast envoy, met Dr Selim al-Bos Sr Prime Minister of the Moslem goveixunent In West Beirut, for two hours yester- day* Mr Tarasov is scheduled to call on Christian General Michel Aoun today.
But all t Hfo might not be enongh to satisfy the expected tourist influx over the next few years^ residen t s bythe summer of 1993. 'hor- rify everybody.” Soviet sources said that, while the Soviet Union agreed with the French objective of encouraging a political dia- logue between warring parties, they wanted to avoid a con- frontation between their Syr- ian allies and the French navy.
The Ug problem, now is devd - good f acilitie s fast enough to pace with the new arrivals. About 2S0farmeis l held back by police with riot shields, greeted foe minister with jeers and insults an his .first stop during a daylong tour of this southern region, one of the worst affected by the drought. the worst drought in is years and an estimated 300,000 formers- are .expected to lose part or all. Mir Nallet came- to explain, the aid package of FFr&SOm (£56m) in loans and. President Francois Mitter- rand of France and Soviet Pres- ident Mikhail Gorbachevmadfi a joint appeal for a ceasefire in Lebanon on July 5.
The airlines then gave individual pilots 24 hours to recommence normal work, an order they also ignored.
The airlines started suspend- ing pilots and grounding flights on Wednesday.
Last Friday the pilots started working from 9 am until 5 pm daily.
On Monday they refused to resume normal working, and the Industrial Relations Commission cancelled the fed- eration’s industrial agree- ments.
Compared with the Soviet Union’s total reserves of about 42J5 trillion cubic metres, the latest find may seem small, but it could be about equal to the combined proven reserves of Norway and the UK or as much as half North America’s proven reserves. gas supplies much larger than its present market Norway is in close competition with the Soviet Union for an increased share of European and possibly of US markets.
Yester- day, when they started seeking writs, the pilots - clearly expecting the move - re- sponded promptly and spectac- ularly with their mass resigna- tion.
The legal position is com- plex, bat the pilots are judging tha t, by resigning, their liabil- ity can be reduced.
-Companies - World Trad* -Jney, down in the southwest, and-. While Western diplomats in Lebanon and Syria now say they are satisfied by assur- ances that France .
Can* heme holidays, which' range from golfing touts to persuade ing Kalian rity dwellers of too attractions of taking partin life on am ww Irish form, are being developed. ‘nemara; on foe east eral schemes at frsnsfenning' -oaf a some of Ireland's country houses into Ireland has a population of only Jacuzzi-laden, executive rest centres—. H govenm^i plane are real- and luxury complexes Jiave -beau, jsed tourists could well outnumber announced. will not become militarily involved in Lebanon, Sheikh Abbas Mous- sawi, a Shia Moslem Hizbo Uah leader, yesterday continued the war of words against the French navy, saying that, the Moslem Lebanese battle against the French would.
However, the remote loca- tion of the field, in hostile waters covered with ice for much of the year, raises ques- tions about how soon it could be economically developed, particularly in view of the Soviet Union’s very large onshore gas resources.