2. Wide of United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stepping down from aircraft
3. Tracking shot of Ban and resigned foreign minister Fawzi Salloukh walking, then shaking hands for photographers
4. Ban walking to microphones
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General:
"The election of a new president should take place on time and in accordance with constitutional procedures. In this endeavour it is imperative that the parliament convenes in order to elect the new president. This president must be committed to TAIF reconciliation accord, the constitution and international legitimacy."
6. Cutaway of cameras
7. Ban leaving new conference
8. Pan of Lebanese Parliament Speaker's residence, barriers and security at the entrance
9. Wide of meeting between Ban and Lebanese Parliament speaker Nabih Berri
10. Mid of Ban
11. Mid of Berri
12. Pull out from mid of delegates to wid of meeting
13. Cutaway of photographer
14. Ban and leader of parliamentary majority Saad Hariri shaking hands then walking into meeting room
15. Wide of meeting
16. Mid of Hariri
17. Mid of Ban
18. Various shots of meeting
19. Exterior of Lebanese Prime Minister's office building
20. Ban getting out of car, being greeted by officials as he goes up the steps
21. Wide of meeting between Ban and Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged Lebanon's deeply divided politicians to elect a new president with the "broadest possible acceptance" by the public, and to do it on schedule, as he tried to help break the deadlock over the crucial vote.
Ban launched the latest attempt by international officials to prod the country's feuding factions to agree on a candidate for the top post and avoid a dangerous power vacuum.
His visit comes a week before parliament is to convene for another try to elect a president.
Parliament is supposed to pick a new president before the term of current President Emile Lahoud ends on November 24.
But the Western-backed ruling coalition and the Hezbollah-led opposition have been unable to agree on a candidate, sparking Lebanon's most serious political crisis since the end of the 1975-90 civil war.
He met with Lebanese House Speaker Nabih Berri who is one of the opposition figures.
The pro-Syrian opposition has been preventing the anti-Syrian majority from pushing through a candidate by refusing to attend parliament sessions until a compromise is reached.
The coalition is eager to put one of its own in place to replace Lahoud, a close ally of Damascus.
Three parliament attempts to hold a vote have failed since September, and the legislature is to try again on November 21.
"The election of the new president should take place on time and in accordance with constitutional procedures," Ban said. "In this endeavor, it
is imperative that the parliament convenes in order to elect a new president."
After arriving in Beirut on Thursday, Ban met first with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, who is aligned with the opposition, and with legislator
Saad Hariri, leader of the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority.
He later met with Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, whose government has been locked for the past year in a fierce power struggle with the opposition led by the Hezbollah group, which is backed by Syria and Iran.
A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations, said Saniora and Ban discussed the presidential
election, Israel's reconnaissance flights over Lebanon and the need to speed up an international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Failure to elect the next president could result in a power vacuum and possibly, in the formation of two rival administrations.
Ban was also to meet Friday with Hezbollah officials and Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, the head of the influential Maronite Catholic Church.
Under Lebanon's political system, the president must be Maronite, the country's largest Christian sect.
The church fears a power vacuum could threaten the Maronites' hold on the post.