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LEBANON OFFICIALS BEGIN PEACE TALKS

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Lebanese lawmakers met Saturday in Saudi Arabia to begin the difficult task of trying to forge a comprehensive peace settlement that would end the struggle between warring Christian forces and Syrian troops supported by Moslem militias.

Saudi government officials said 63 members of Lebanon's Parliament attended the talks in the heavily guarded Saudi mountain resort of Taif. The meeting was the second stage of a seven-part Arab League peace initiative aimed at ending Lebanon's 14-year-old civil war.