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Lebanon may seek release of hostages

President Elias Hrawi's government worked on plans Monday to disarm gunmen in Christian and Moslem militias who are involved in the 15{-year-old civil war and to gain the release of Western hostages. Prime Minister Salim Hoss branded as "interference in Lebanon's domestic affairs" a French request that the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council convene to discuss the Lebanese conflicts.

He said he communicated this official position to the five permanent members _ France, the United States, the Soviet Union, China and Britain.

France's request was announced Monday by French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas. France considers itself the protector of Lebanon's Christians, who supported France's mandate from 1920-43 in Lebanon.

Dumas said the assassination of Christian leader Dany Chamoun with his wife and two small sons at their home east of Beirut on Sunday "shows the extent of the horrors" of Lebanon's civil strife.

Leaders of France's right-wing opposition have held Syria responsible for the killings that followed the ending of Gen. Michel Aoun's mutiny on Oct. 13.

Aoun, who operated from an enclave in the Christian heartland, has taken refuge in the French Embassy after being driven out by Hrawi's troops and the Syrian army.

"The only issue Lebanon wants the Security Council to discuss is Israel's occupation of the border enclave in south Lebanon and the implementation of Resolution 425 calling on Israel to withdraw," Hoss said.

"We are in the process to preparing a demand for the application of U.N. sanctions against Israel for refusing to pull out."

Hoss issued his statement after returning from daylong talks in Damascus with Syrian leaders to speed up reunification of Beirut now that Aoun, the major foe of an Arab League-brokered peace plan, has been removed.

A Hrawi aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the president himself returned from the Syrian capital Sunday night with plans to disband the militias and gain the hostages' release.

Hours before, gunmen had killed Chamoun, younger son of the late President Camille Chamoun, and his family.

The Christian area staged a daylong strike Monday to protest the slayings. Chamoun was a key supporter of Aoun.

Aoun had opposed the peace pact because it did not guarantee complete withdrawal of 40,000 Syrian troops, in Lebanon since 1976.

In New York, the Council of Lebanese-American Organizations asked the Security Council to convene an emergency session to move a battalion of U.N. peacekeeping forces from southern Lebanon to Christian areas to halt purported violence by Syrians and militias.

The Hrawi aide said "filling the security vacuum" in areas formerly held by Aoun is the government's No. 1 priority.

The official Syrian Arab News Agency reported Monday the Lebanese army will now assume security tasks in Aoun's former areas.

The Hrawi aide said among the areas to be cleared of fighters are the south Beirut slums, stronghold of the fundamentalist Shiite Moslem Hezbollah, or Party of God.

Hezbollah is the umbrella for pro-Iranian extremists holding most of the 13 missing Westerners, including six Americans. Longest held is Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent of the Associated Press, who was abducted March 16, 1985.

Hrawi's aide said the Syrians will discuss plans to move into the slums with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati when he visits Damascus later this week.

"This will definitely include the fate of the Western hostages, whether they're held in the slums or have been smuggled out to the Bekaa Valley," a Syrian-controlled area in eastern Lebanon, the aide added.

"There's a Syrian-Lebanese understanding that the hostage issue should be resolved in parallel with the creation of a greater Beirut."