Philippines government representatives and the leaders of Moslem rebels in the islands will begin peace talks in the Libyan capital of Tripoli next month.
Philippines government representatives and the leaders of Moslem rebels in the islands will begin peace talks in the Libyan capital of Tripoli next month. This announcement was made in a joint communique issued after talks between Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi and Mrs. Imelda Marcos -- wife of the Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos -- in Libya on Wednesday (17 November).
SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Marcos arrived in Libya on Sunday. She was met by President Gaddafi's wife Sofia, members of the Arab Women's Association and Libyan Foreign Minister Ali Treiki. Mrs. Marcos has acted as her husband's personal representative on a number of occasions and recently headed a Filipino delegation to Peking. Her visit to Libya comes after strong Libyan criticism of the Philippines government's policies on Moslems. In 1974 Libya admitted giving financial aid to the Moslem dissidents--concentrated mainly in Mindanao and Sula-who have been fighting the Manila administration for four years.
Part of Mrs. Marcos's visit was spent visiting community centres including a maternity hospital in Tripoli. At the hospital Mrs. Marcos told patients that she hoped her visit would bring the two countries "closer together".
But the object of his visit came in talks with President Gaddafi. She presented the Libyan leader with a letter from her husband, in which there was a personal invitation to President Gaddafi to visit the Filipino Moslem areas. President Marcos wrote that the Moslem rebels numbered about 5000 and were not representative of the country's 2 million Moslems.
Mrs. Marcos was to have two rounds of talks with President Gaddafi -- both dealing with the Moslem rebels. During the second round of discussions, the Libyan leader also spoke to President Marcos by telephone.
President Gaddafi then took a personal interest in the wording of a joint communique. Mrs. Marcos's departure was delayed a day until a communique of joint satisfaction was written. Eventually it was agreed that peace talks would be staged in Libya and Mrs. Marcos and Mr. Treiki signed the agreement. President Gaddafi later described the visit and the talks as "complete successes."