King Hassan of Morocco invited Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi for reconciliation talks when he opened the 19th Organisation of African Unity (DAU) council of Ministers meeting in Rabat on Monday (5 June).
LV Hilton Hotel
SV O.A.U. flags
SV Women delegates arrive
MV Guinea delegates arrive
MV Algerian delegates arriving
SV King Hassan
SV Guard of honour
MLS King Hassan meeting other delegates
GV INTERIOR... delegates seated and CU DITTO (2 shots)
LV & CU Hassan speaking (2 shots)
GV Delegate listens
CU Hassan speaking
CU Delegates listen
SV Hassan speaking
GV PAN..delegate assembly
EXTERIOR..HILTON HOTEL; O.A.U. FLAGS; VARIOUS SHOTS OF DELEGATES ARRIVING; KING HASSAN'S ARRIVAL; SHOTS OF HASSAN SPEAKING AND DELEGATES LISTENING.
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Background: King Hassan of Morocco invited Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi for reconciliation talks when he opened the 19th Organisation of African Unity (DAU) council of Ministers meeting in Rabat on Monday (5 June).
Speaking to more than 200 delegates from 40 African countries, the Moroccan monarch said the O.A.U. summit to be held next week in Rabat would be conducted "under the sign of reconciliation".
The King was referring to the dispute between Libya and Morocco over Libyan support for Moroccan Army leaders who staged an abortive coup against the monarchy last July.
During the five-day meeting, the African ministers were expected to examine a 40-point agenda in preparation for next week's summit.
SYNOPSIS: The Rabat Hilton was the scene for the opening on Monday of the nineteenth Organisation of African Unity Council of Ministers meeting. A record 40 delegations, most headed by foreign ministers, arrived for the five-day conference to prepare for next week's summit of the Organisation of African Unity, or O.A.U.
In all, some 200 delegates arrived for the inaugural session of the biggest ministers' conference ever to be held on the African continent.
Also arriving was the host of the conference, King Hassan of Morocco. Only one member-state -- Malawi -- has said it's not attending. Malawi's links with white-ruled South Africa have been strongly criticised by other African nations.
Inside, King Hassan opened the meeting by inviting Libyan President Muammer Gaddafi to Rabat for reconciliation talks. The King said he wanted next week's O.A.U. summit to be conducted "under the sign of reconciliation". His speech was a reference to the dispute between Morocco and Libya over Libyan support for an abortive Moroccan army coup against the monarchy last July. Following it, both countries suspended diplomatic relations.
The King also said he hoped a "great treaty or charter of friendship" would be signed at the summit.
During the five days of talks, the African ministers were expected to examine a 40-point agenda in preparation for the summit. Topics to be discussed include increased assistance to liberation movements, the creation of an African high command and economic problems.