The government intends to recruit 8,000 militiamen and 4,000 civilians into the Lebanese army and police forces in line with efforts to disband the country's militia groups, the leading An-Nahar newspaper reported Tuesday.

An-Nahar said 4,000 Christians, most of them from Samir Geagea's Lebanese Forces militia, will be chosen to join the regulars, and 4,000 others will be picked up from Nabih Berri's Shiite Amal group and the Druze Progressive Socialist Party of Walid Jumblat.