Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been reported as saying that he is suspending financial contributions to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been reported as saying that he is suspending financial contributions to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O.). He has already expelled the PLO's representative in Tripoli, Mr. Suliman al-Shurafa (known as Abu Tarek) who has returned to Beirut. It is the latest stage in a row that broke into the open last month (November) when Colonel Gaddafi urged the PLO to become more militant, and demanded that its guerrillas block the Suez Canal and destroy the Egyptian oil fields that are used to supply Israel. When he returned to Beirut, Mr Suliman Al-Shurafa reported to the PLO leader Mr Yasser Arafat.
SYNOPSIS: Yasser Arafat, who met Mr. Al-Shurafa at his headquarters, has been leading a diplomatic campaign to achieve greater recognition for the PLO in Western Europe and elsewhere. Some Palestinians say he has been following a more moderate line in order to safeguard the diplomatic gains already made. This strategy has not received total approval, but despite the split with Colonel Gaddafi, Mr Al-Shurafa says relations with the Libyan people are still sound.