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Syria Continuing Withdrawal from Lebanon


Syrian intelligence agents are continuing to withdraw from Lebanon, meeting U.S. and Lebanese opposition demands for an end to Syria's three decade military presence in the country.

Witnesses say Syrian agents closed down their headquarters in Beirut and left the city early Wednesday. Syrian agents from other parts of Lebanon also were reported moving out.

On Tuesday, President Bush called the Syrian moves "positive," while repeating demands that all Syrian forces leave Lebanon before its elections in May. Mr. Bush also said the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah could become a part of Lebanon's political mainstream, if it disarms and supports the Middle East peace process. Meanwhile,

Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezar says he will soon pay a state visit to Syria. Details have not been released. On Monday, the U.S. ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman called on that country to support international efforts to persuade Syria to leave Lebanon.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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