Arab opponents to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's moves towards a peace settlement with Israel have failed in their attempt to present a unified front.
Arab opponents to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's moves towards a peace settlement with Israel have failed in their attempt to present a unified front. On Sunday nigh (4 December) the Iraqi delegation to the anti-Egyptian summit meeting in Tripoli stored out of the conference hall with their leader, Mr. Taha Jezrawl making angry remarks to one of his assistants. However, on Monday (5 December) the four remaining Arab countries and the Palestine Liberation Organisation signed a final document agreeing to establish a mutual Security Fact and calling for a freeze on diplomatic relations with Egypt.
SYNOPSIS: Earlier, a day of ??? discussions had started with the arrival of Arab Leaders who disagree with President Sadat's overtures towards Israel. Among them were Palestine Liberation Organisation leader Yasser Arafat, President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria and President Hafez Al Assad of Syria. Representatives from South Yemen and other Palestinian groups also attended.
Hosting the meeting, Libran Jamahiriyah leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi played a key role in the proceedings. He has repeatedly expressed his implacable opposition to any form of negotiation with Israel. Walking in the People's Palace gardens during a break in the talks, he spoke briefly with newsmen.
As Colonel Gaddafi rejoined the talks, school-children demonstrated their support outside the People's Palace. Inside, the one positive development to emerge from five days of debate was about to be made public. Uniting in their opposition to Egyptian peace moves, all factions of the previously - fragmented PLO issued a joint statement, which effectively puts the organisation back into the hard-line position it adopted in Khartoum 10 years ago.
Colonel Gaddafi, with the extremist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader George Habash and Yasser Arafat, demonstrated their new-found unity, which was expounded at a news conference.