The Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah -- formerly Libya -- appears to have modified its traditional policy of full support for minority groups fighting established governments, according to the news agency Reuter.
GV EXTERIOR PAN FROM Flags TO People's Hall, Tripoli, Libyan Jamahiriyah
SV INTERIOR PAN ACROSS Islamic Foreign Ministers Conference Delegates seated
CU Jordanian delegate seated
CU Saudi Arabian delegates seated
SV Jamahiriyah leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi walking to rostrum
CU Arab League Secretary-General Mahmoud Riad seated
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Gaddafi addressing conference
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Background: The Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah -- formerly Libya -- appears to have modified its traditional policy of full support for minority groups fighting established governments, according to the news agency Reuter. The agency was quoting several remarks by the Jamahiriyah leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, referring to secessionist battles in the Philippines and Ethiopia.
SYNOPSIS:Colonel Gaddafi's apparent change of policy came during the eighth Islamic Foreign Ministers Conference which began in Tripoli, the capital of the Jamahiriyah, on Monday (16 May). Delegates from 38 Islamic countries were attending the six-day conference.
Among the delegates were those from Jordan and Saudi Arabia, but the conference is being boycotted by three countries -- Egypt, Sudan and Iran. The Jamahiriyah Head of State, Colonel Gaddafi, who opened the conference, said the three absences were not due to political differences. But he did refer to Egypt as being "under United States domination".
On the Jamahiriyah's support for minority groups, Colonel Gaddafi said the Moro Liberation Front and the government of the Philippines would have to face their problems themselves. On the Eritrean secessionists fighting in Ethiopia, he said they had been supported while fighting the old government. But since the revolution, he said, justice and equality had been brought to all.