chapter  6
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Lebanon: The Lebanese NGO Forum and the Reconstruction of Civil Society, 1989-93

On 23 October 1989, under the auspices of the Arab League, the Taef accords were signed in Saudi Arabia, putting an end to 17 years of war in Lebanon. Precariously poised between Syria and Israel, this small country had been torn apart, since the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, by religious and political factionalism, fuelled by external interests. With the Taef agreement, the Lebanese people were able to take the first tentative steps towards reconciliation and peace.