In Algeria hard-line Arab leaders have been formulating a new strategy to frustrate Egypt's peace initiative with Israel.
GV INT Colonel Gaddafi of Libya (white robes) with President Boumedienne of Algeria entering hall, Gaddafi walking to conference table
SV Col. Gaddafi seated at head of table with others
SV President Boumedienne (right) seated with Algerian Foreign Minister Abdel Aziz Bouteflika (far left)
SV Gaddafi seated with ministers
CU Bouteflika speaking in French
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Background: In Algeria hard-line Arab leaders have been formulating a new strategy to frustrate Egypt's peace initiative with Israel. In a statement on Friday (3 February) the leaders said their plan would be based on strengthening relations with Syria and the Palestinian forces. The announcement came at the conclusion of the second day of their summit conference in the Algerian capital, Algiers.
SYNOPSIS: The summit had been scheduled to end that day, but the late appearance of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Al-Gaddafi, seen arriving in Arab dress with Algerian President Houari Boumedienne seemed to provide a boost to the meeting. It was decided the meeting would continue the following day. No reason was given for Colonel Gaddafi's absence on the first day of the conference, but informed sources in Algiers said he had been suffering from a stomach complaint.
As well as Algeria and the Libyan Jamahiriyah, Syria, South Yemen and the Palestine Liberation Organisation were represented.
In a statement read after the session Algerian Foreign Minister Abdel Aziz Bouteflika said the alliance represented a movement which had influence, and which would in time, be decisive. The statement condemned "imperialist intervention" in the Middle East and North Africa, and declared the Soviet weapons had already destroyed what it called "the israeli myth of invincibility". Reuter reported this reference to the 1973 Arab-israeli war as being a veiled threat of a possible recourse to arms should the hard-line resistance front fail to achieve its aims by other methods.